Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Antihistamines: Chemistry in its element

As hayfever season comes to a close, Katrina Krämer examines antihistamines. From calming down a...

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Thaumetopoein: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney finds out about the 'toxic caterpillar' chemical that will make your skin crawl

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Ethyl iodoacetate: Chemistry in its element

Michael Freemantle introduces a tear gas used by the British army in the first world war, picked,...

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Benzaldehyde: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg on the almond flavour compound that gives your taste buds a treat and may help rescue...

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Asbestos: Chemistry in its element

How the ‘world’s most wonderful mineral’ became one of the world’s biggest health hazards

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Bilirubin: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney investigates the chemicals responsible for giving bruises their hue and colouring your...

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Naloxone: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer examines the overdose antidote that has saved tens of thousands of lives

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Fentanyl: Chemistry in its element

A 1960s breakthrough in pain relief that now fuels the opioid crisis

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Lanolin: Chemistry in its element

How a waxy mixture from a sheep's fleece helped create a global fashion brand

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Cannabidiol: Chemistry in its element

Ben Valsler with the story of Charlotte Figi, Dravet syndrome and the cannabis compound...

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Potassium sulfide: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg on a compound that keeps us well fed and looking radiant

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Warfarin: Chemistry in its element

Katrina Krämer asks if an essential blood-thinning medicine ended Joseph Stalin’s 30-year rule...

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Kerosene: Chemistry in its element

Discover bat-borne-bombs and a classic chemistry textbook, as Mike Freemantle examines the...

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Iron sulfides: Chemistry in its element

One mineral form may look like gold, but Brian Clegg isn't fooled by the value of iron sulfides

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Spidroin: Chemistry in its Element

From tacky Hallowe’en decorations to the stuff of an arachnophobe’s nightmares, spiders don’t...

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Piperine: Chemistry in its element

Jamie Durrani on the compound that gives pepper its characteristic kick

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Potassium bitartrate: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg with the winemaking byproduct that may be lurking in your larder

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Twistacenes: Chemistry in its element

Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist

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Calcium hypochlorite: Chemistry in its element

A component of 'trench atmosphere' and ‘the most powerful antiseptic known’, Mike Freemantle...

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Indium tin oxide: Chemistry in its element

Swipe, tap, pinch, poke and prod – Neil Withers gets hands on with touchscreen material indium...

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