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  • PC-3 human prostate cancer cells in air bubble, stained with Coomassie blue, under differencial interference contrast microscope.

    Coomassie blue

    29 September 2017

    How an attractive blue dye became the basis of a fundamental lab technique

  • News stories about 'Ginger Jake', the spirit that caused paralysis known as 'Jake walk' during prohibition

    Phosphorus chlorides

    22 September 2017

    A hugely useful group of compounds that have a distinct dual personality

  • A course in deception book cover

    Book Club - A course in deception

    15 September 2017

    Academia has everything from altering results to murder, at least in this work of fiction

  • Glove box for working in an inert atmosphere

    tert-Butyl lithium or t-BuLi

    13 September 2017

    A pyrophoric reagent that remains one of chemistry’s staples and the liquid salts that can tame its wild reactivity

  • Alizarin based pigment being squeezed from a metal tube


    7 September 2017

    Mike Freemantle introduces a pigment used by William Morris that also gave the Redcoats their distinctive hue

  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) pictograms for chlorine trifluoride on a background of flames

    Chlorine trifluoride

    31 August 2017

    Tabitha Watson introduces a poisonous, corrosive and extremely reactive compound that will start ‘roaring reactions’ with almost anything

  • A photograph of a ship made out of ice


    23 August 2017

    A lightweight, bulletproof material made from ice and wood pulp

  • A baby in a disposable nappy with a snowglobe

    Sodium polyacrylate

    16 August 2017

    Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside a baby’s nappy.

  • Film x-ray of human foot and arthritis at first metatarsophalangeal Joint . 2 position ( front and side view )


    10 August 2017

    A popular prescription pill that helps to keep gout and other arthritic conditions under control

  • Frankenstein – Annotated for scientists, engineers and creators of all kinds front cover

    Book Club - Frankenstein

    7 August 2017

    If you’re thinking of making a monster from dead body parts then this week’s book club podcast is for you