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  • The death of expertise - Index

    Book Club - The death of expertise

    7 June 2017

    Apparently we’ve all had enough of experts. We discuss how we came to think we know it all

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely

    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    31 May 2017

    From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots

  • An image of two men clinking whiskey glasses

    Propylene glycol

    24 May 2017

    How a batch of cinnamon whiskey led to total recall

  • View from the top of paint, tools and plastic scale model


    17 May 2017

    Butanone or methyl ethyl ketone is better known to many as the polystyrene cement that keeps scale models secure

  • A hand pulls back the curtain to reveal the bright lights of an empty stage

    Propranolol hydrochloride

    14 May 2017

    Stave off stage fright with a simple compound that revolutionised drug development

  • Trees in autumn


    7 May 2017

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • CW0517 - Reviews - Bring Back The King

    Book Club - Bring back the king

    2 May 2017

    We discuss Bring back the king by Helen Pilcher and learn of the difficulties and possible benefits of bringing animals back from extinction

  • Example of MOF-5

    MOFs: Metal–organic frameworks

    27 April 2017

    Katrina Krämer examines these extremely versatile materials and speaks to MOF pioneer Omar Yaghi

  • Orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, on wild yellow ragwort flowers

    Ragwort alkaloids

    19 April 2017

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to livestock, as Mike Freemantle discovers

  • Will o' the wisp over the fens


    12 April 2017

    Will o’ the wisp, ignis fatuus, hitodama or the min-min light, ghostly balls of fire are common in folklore around the world. Kit Chapman explores the compound that may be the chemical cause of these mysterious lights