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25 October 2018
Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different uses. If you've measured pH in a classroom or had some trouble in the bathroom, you may have met this compound before.
19 October 2018
A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’ and mentioned at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
12 October 2018
The compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'
5 October 2018
An ancient, but effective, remedy for painful attacks of gout
28 September 2018
The rise and fall of the Indian indigo industry is just one part of this pigment's colourful history
21 September 2018
The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as traditional street drugs, putting users at risk
13 September 2018
From calming a hyperactive immune system to increasing cognitive abilities, these small molecules have a big impact
7 September 2018
The allergenic compound behind those 'toxic caterpillars'
30 August 2018
A tear gas used by the British army in the first world war, picked, in part, because of our access to seaweed
23 August 2018
Brian Clegg on the almond flavour compound that gives your taste buds a treat and may help rescue survivors from a disaster
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