Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Nitrogenase: Chemistry in its element

The mysterious enzyme that can beat the world’s biggest chemical process when it comes to...

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Lazurite: Chemistry in its element

A brilliant rich blue rock, prized in antiquity as a gemstone and a prominent pigment, lazurite...

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Melarsoprol: Chemistry in its element

Cases of sleeping sickness – human African trypanosomiasis – are in decline, dropping 86% in...

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Omega-3 fatty acids: Chemistry in its element

Many consume cod liver oil due to 'a vague sense we should be taking them for something' – but...

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Cacodyl: Chemistry in its element

It made Robert Bunsen seriously ill, Michael Faraday thought it 'barbaric' to use in battle and...

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Bronze: Chemistry in its element

Kit Chapman takes us back to the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, via the bronze age and ancient Greece

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Ellagic acid: Chemistry in its element

Louise Crane introduces the antioxidant that led to exaggerated claims that 'whisky helps fight...

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Myristicin: Chemistry in its element

The spice that gives your Christmas eggnog its distinctive taste and aroma is also a toxic...

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Low-background steel: Chemistry in its element

Post-nuclear steel is a little bit radioactive, so for some specialist jobs we need to find a...

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Tin chlorides: Chemistry in its element

The compounds that put the 'tin' in tin cans and help you to reflect on your appearance

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Propanethial-S-oxide: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney’s investigation of the pungent chemical in onions is enough to bring tears to your eyes

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Epoxies: Chemistry in its Element

Epoxies – including hard-wearing resins and strong adhesives – can be found almost everywhere,...

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Levulinic acid: Chemistry in its element

How one footballer's climate concerns led to the creation of a green chemistry company: Mike...

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Furanocoumarins: Chemistry in its element

Florence Schechter discovers how a seemingly healthy grapefruit-based breakfast could disrupt...

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Phenolphthalein: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different...

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Caryophyllene: Chemistry in its Element

A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’

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Anatoxin-a: Chemistry in its element

Gege Li on the compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'

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Colchicine: Chemistry in its element

Florence Schechter introduces an ancient, but effective, treatment for painful attacks of gout

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Indigo: Chemistry in its element

What links blue jeans to ancient British warriors? Mike Freemantle discovers the blue dye with a...

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Pentylone: Chemistry in its element

The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as...

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