Chemistry in its element

Chemistry in its element

Cinnamaldehyde: Chemistry in its element

How did a tree bark from Sri Lanka become one of the essential flavours of the festive season? We explore the history...

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Azidoazide azide: Chemistry in its element

A compound so explosively unstable that nobody has been able to measure how sensitive it is without it, well,...

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Ochre: Chemistry in its element

How one of mankind's oldest pigments helped shepherds secure their sheep and inspired one of the most popular songs...

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Maltodextrin: Chemistry in its element

A sweet compound that provides ample energy for extreme endurance events – find out how maltodextrin helped...

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Ionic liquids: Chemistry in its element

Liquid salts, ionic melts, fused salts, or ionic glasses – call them what you like, these much-hyped solvents...

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Chlorhexidine: Chemistry in its element

An antimicrobial compound that kills bacteria and viruses quickly – found in some of the most colourful...

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Asparagusic acid: Chemistry in its element

Does asparagus give you foul-smelling urine? Helen Arney investigates asparagusic acid, and the lavatorial genetic...

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Glycyrrhizic acid: Chemistry in its element

A sweet treat with a deadly trick for Halloween – glycyrrhizic acid, or glycyrrhizin, is found in black...

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Propofol: Chemistry in its element

Also known as 'milk of amnesia', propofol helps to prevent perception of pain in surgery – just don't forget...

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Sofosbuvir: Chemistry in its element

Hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir made waves when first launched – quicker to work and with fewer side effects than...

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Bedaquiline: Chemistry in its element

Meera Senthilingam makes a welcome return to the podcast with a drug that gives hope to the many sufferers of...

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Oxybenzone: Chemistry in its element

This summer's extreme weather prompts Katrina Krämer to investigate the history of sunblock and the ingredient blamed...

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Gypsum: Chemistry in its element

From Lavoisier’s experiments with plaster of paris to the the ‘Sistine Chapel of crystals’ in...

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Favipiravir: Chemistry in its element

Originally developed to treat flu and marketed in Japan as Avigan, promising Covid-19 trial results have seen...

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Tannic acid: Chemistry in its element

Tannic acid in green acorns can kill wild animals and livestock, but in this podcast Mike Freemantle makes plain that...

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Ractopamine: Chemistry in its element

Common in the US but banned in the EU, this animal feed additive makes for muscular pigs and beefy international...

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Hexasilabenzene: Chemistry in its element

Brian Clegg discovers what a six-membered silicon ring can tell us about alien life

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2AP (2-acetyl-1-pyrroline): Chemistry in its element

Frances Addison on the aromatic compound found in both buttered popcorn and the bearcat’s scent glands, and...

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Dexamethasone: Chemistry in its element

News that this cheap, ubiquitous steroid drug may reduce deaths in Covid-19 cases has been greeted with cautious...

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Porcelain: Chemistry in its element

Mike Freemantle on the art, history and science of this delicate, translucent ceramic material

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