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    Book Club – The Periodic Table

    12 July 2019

    100 years on, we examine the effect of Primo Levi’s masterpiece The Periodic Table

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    Zircon

    12 July 2019

    The versatile gemstones that give scientists insights into the chemistry of the early Earth, introduced by Brian Clegg

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    Cyclopropane

    5 July 2019

    Chemistry’s tastiest bonds for an explosive anaesthetic that was as useful as it was dangerous

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    2C psychedelics

    28 June 2019

    A class of hallucinogenic phenethylamines, explored by the 'godfather of psychedelics' Alexander Shulgin and sadly implicated in a tragedy at a 2017 music festival

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    Azidothymidine

    21 June 2019

    The first drug approved in the US to treat Aids required a completely new approach to clinical trials – Frances Addison explores the history of azidothymidine

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    Book Club – Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table

    17 June 2019

    Kit Chapman explores the strange, complex and downright confusing world of superheavy elements

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    Silver iodide

    14 June 2019

    How the compound that ushered in a photographic revolution has taken to the skies to try to control the weather

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    Amantadine

    7 June 2019

    Katrina Krämer investigates how one of the smallest small molecule drugs around saved Jeanna Giese's life

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    Indole

    31 May 2019

    Kat Arney investigates a potent chemical that might explain the brain-bending powers of bacteria

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    Amber

    23 May 2019

    Mike Freemantle introduces amber – the valuable organic gemstone that invests unwary insects in a durable tomb