Chemistry in its Element

  • Raw and uncut Spinel gemstones
    Podcast

    Spinel

    7 September 2016

    Find out about the Black Prince’s ruby, which is no ruby at all

  • Blue Monkshood flowers, one of several Aconitum species
    Podcast

    Aconitine

    31 August 2016

    This powerful poison is said to have the power to transform werewolves and heal snake bites. Brian Clegg unpicks fiction from fact

  • Raspberries
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    Raspberry ketone

    24 August 2016

    Is there really a simple, fruity route to weight loss?

  • Statin tablets
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    Statins

    17 August 2016

    Brian Clegg gets to the heart of the matter on the benefits or otherwise of one of the most commonly prescribed drugs

  • A piled up plate of junk food
    Podcast

    Ghrelin

    10 August 2016

    The one hormone that we know is involved in appetite

  • A shower curtain
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    Prodiginines

    3 August 2016

    When the communion bread starts secreting blood, could this be the cause?

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    Taurine

    26 July 2016

    Kat Arney tells us about the active ingredient in energy drinks

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    Podcast

    Picric acid

    20 July 2016

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

  • Jambu plant
    Podcast

    Spilanthol

    14 July 2016

    It’s the active molecule in the plant known as electric daisies or the toothache plant but it might also make your skin smoother

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    Thiomersal

    6 July 2016

    Kat Arney introduces the organomercury preservative associated with the current controversy around vaccines