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  • Zeolite powder
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    Zeolites

    2019-11-22T11:37:00Z

    Brian Clegg introduces the class of materials where the holes are more important than the whole – the super-porous zeolites

  • The Hindenburg airship
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    Allicin

    2019-11-15T15:59:00Z

    It helps prevent garlic plants from marauding insects and should have prevented the Hindenburg disaster – Mike Freemantle on allicin and the smell of freshly crushed garlic

  • Language unlimited – book cover
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    Book Club – Language Unlimited by David Adger

    2019-11-14T09:28:00Z

    We discuss linguist David Adger’s book that delves into the origins of human language and tries to uncover the hidden structure behind what we say (or sign)

  • Pink damask roses
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    Beta-damascenone

    2019-11-08T11:48:00Z

    Louise Crane explains how a series of happy accidents led to the discovery of this rose-scented compound, found in rose oil, beer, apple pie and Kentucky bourbon.

  • Self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover
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    Gallium arsenide

    2019-11-01T09:30:00Z

    Brian Clegg introduces gallium arsenide – the supercar of the semiconductor scene

  • Gold and silver bars
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    Electrum

    2019-10-25T09:37:00Z

     Georgia Mills introduces the malleable mixture of gold and silver that minted some of the world’s oldest coins

  • How to – absurd scientific advice for common real-world problems – book cover
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    Book Club – How to by Randall Munroe

    2019-10-24T09:30:00Z

    We discuss xkcd comic creator Randall Munroe’s new book that deals out absurd – but scientifically accurate – advice for everyday problems

  • A man sits on a Nepalese mountainside with his head in his hands - apparently suffering from altitude sickness
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    Hypoxia-inducible factors – HIFs

    2019-10-18T12:14:00Z

    The oxygen sensors that help life react to changing conditions, key to the 2019 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine

  • Colourful fish at a fishmarket
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    Ciguatoxin

    2019-10-11T10:57:00Z

    The toxin found in reef fish that leads to food poisoning so bad it can cause life-long symptoms

  • Bothrops jararaca
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    Ramipril

    2019-10-04T13:47:00Z

    How a Brazilian scientist’s knowledge of viper venom led to the discovery of a whole class of medication for high blood pressure. With Mike Freemantle

  • Jasmine flowers and oil
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    Hedione

    2019-09-27T14:35:00Z

    Louise Crane investigates a jasmine-derived synthetic scent with supposed sex appeal

  • Warning sign for 1080 in bait stations
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    Sodium fluoroacetate

    2019-09-20T14:56:00Z

    The controversial killer compound – also known as 1080 – being used to protect New Zealand’s native wildlife

  • Marathon running race on city road
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    DMAA

    2019-09-13T09:00:00Z

    A popular sports supplement with deadly consequences

  • An image showing the book cover of Chemical Detective
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    Book Club – The Chemical Detective

    2019-09-09T09:00:00Z

    Fiona Erskine combines chemistry and conspiracy in a fast-paced thriller that takes in Chernobyl and Slovenia

  • Crows flying over trees
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    Domoic acid

    2019-09-06T08:53:00Z

    The marine toxin that drives animals crazy and might have inspired one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films

  • Surgeons or doctor hands with protective glove hold sponge holding a sterilzed gauze with antiseptic liquid
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    Boric acid

    2019-08-30T09:28:00Z

    Mike Freemantle revisits battlefield surgery to investigate boric acid, a key part of Dakin's antiseptic solution used extensively in the first world war

  • Apricot seeds and almonds
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    Amygdalin & Laetrile

    2019-08-23T12:00:00Z

    Patrick Hughes delves into the molecule at the centre of a decades-old cancer treatment conspiracy theory

  • Man skydiving
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    Dopamine

    2019-08-16T09:49:00Z

    Georgia Mills tackles the feel-good neurotransmitter and hormone behind thrill seeking, addiction, and mobile gaming

  • Hydrogen sulfide hot spring in Iceland
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    Hydrogen sulfide

    2019-08-09T09:30:00Z

    Mike Freemantle finds the connection between Land of Hope and Glory and the noxious, corrosive, flammable gas that stinks of rotten eggs

  • An image showing the cover of Superior
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    Book Club – Superior: The Return of Race Science

    2019-08-08T08:01:00Z

    How different from each other are we all really? Angela Saini looks at the issues, claims and evidence behind race science