Chemistry in its Element

  • Algae bloom in Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC
    Podcast

    Anatoxin-a

    12 October 2018

    The compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'

  • Colchicum autumnale flowers
    Podcast

    Colchicine

    5 October 2018

    An ancient, but effective, remedy for painful attacks of gout

  • A Bandari woman showing her hands with indigo traces after sewing a traditional burqa mask
    Podcast

    Indigo

    28 September 2018

    The rise and fall of the Indian indigo industry is just one part of this pigment's colourful history

  • A Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel displays confiscated ecstasy at a press conference in Manila on September 14, 2016
    Podcast

    Pentylone

    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

  • Sneezing in a field
    Podcast

    Antihistamines

    13 September 2018

    From calming a hyperactive immune system to increasing cognitive abilities, these small molecules have a big impact

  • Thaumetopoea processionea. Oak processionary moth caterpillars
    Podcast

    Thaumetopoein

    7 September 2018

    The allergenic compound behind those 'toxic caterpillars'

  • Nurses from the House of Lords Red Cross Detachment wearing gas masks,
    Podcast

    Ethyl iodoacetate

    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

  • A bowl of almonds
    Podcast

    Benzaldehyde

    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

  • Corrugated asbestos cement roofing
    Podcast

    Asbestos

    17 August 2018

    How the ‘world’s most wonderful mineral’ became one of the world’s biggest health hazards

  • Infant with Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Jaundice.
    Podcast

    Bilirubin

    10 August 2018

    Kat Arney investigates the chemicals responsible for giving bruises their hue and colouring your poo