Chemistry in its Element: Compounds

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  • Marathon running race on city road


    13 September 2019

    A popular sports supplement with deadly consequences

  • Crows flying over trees

    Domoic acid

    6 September 2019

    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

    Boric acid

    30 August 2019

    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

    Amygdalin & Laetrile

    23 August 2019

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

  • Man skydiving


    16 August 2019

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

  • Hydrogen sulfide hot spring in Iceland

    Hydrogen sulfide

    9 August 2019

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

  • Silhouette of man drinking alcohol


    2 August 2019

    One doctor's battle with alcoholism and self-experimentation with baclofen led to a rush of people desperate to try the drug to curb their addictions. But are we simply replacing one problem with another, asks Enna Guadalupe

  • Someone holding small pieces of plastic on a beach


    25 July 2019

    Microplastics, including polypropylene, are present in our oceans, on our beaches and even in bottled water. Ian Robertson investigates the scale and some solutions

  • Dental exam

    Zinc polycarboxylate

    19 July 2019

    Lay back in the chair and say 'Ahh', as Mike Freemantle introduces zinc polycarboxylate dental cement

  • Zircon jewellery on a white background


    12 July 2019

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