Jane Austen

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    Starch

    19 April 2019

    Inspired by a mention of arrowroot in Jane Austen's Emma, Mike Freemantle investigates how subtle differences in composition mean starch can be resistant dietary fibre or easily-digested nourishment.

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    Picric acid

    20 July 2016

    A yellow dress, of the type worn by Jane Austen, sets Michael Freemantle exploring the chemistry of picric acid

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    Ammonium carbonate

    29 June 2016

    Ever taken a whiff of smelling salts? For many years, the compound that contributed the pungent pong was ammonium carbonate

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    Coumarin

    18 May 2016

    Michael Freemantle takes a stroll through ‘Jane Austen country’ to discover this week’s compound: Coumarin