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  • Soldiers wearing WW1 gas masks. L-R: American, British. French, German. 1917-18.
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    Diphenylchlorarsine

    21 July 2017

    One of the few technical mistakes the Germans made in the first world war

  • Gold crown with gemstones
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    Aqua regia

    13 July 2017

    Capable of dissolving gold and platinum to help make 99.999% pure metals, aqua regia deserves its royal status

  • A rustic cheeseboard
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    Chymosin

    6 July 2017

    The enzyme that helps us turn milk into cheese is also responsible for the biggest commercial success story of any genetically modified organism

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk
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    Casein

    28 June 2017

    One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out.

  • Blue domestic LED light bulbs
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    Gallium nitride

    22 June 2017

    Despite early setbacks, this conducting crystal shows great promise across a wide range of electronics

  • An image of a powder with a faint blue glow
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    Caesium chloride

    14 June 2017

    A compound found in mineral water that is also used in medical treatments and solar cells

  • Fabrication of hierarchical biomimetic polymeric nanostructured surfaces - nanosphere monolayer film on the surface of a liquid covering
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    Rotaxanes

    7 June 2017

    A group of compounds that resemble machine parts could pave the way for molecular robots

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely
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    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
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    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
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    Butanone

    17 May 2017

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