Chemistry in its Element

  • Raspberries
    Podcast

    Raspberry ketone

    24 August 2016

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

  • Statin tablets
    Podcast

    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
    Podcast

    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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    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

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    Podcast

    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

  • Curry and rice
    Podcast

    Asafoetida

    22 June 2016

    With a name that literally means rotten resin, asafoetida is a surprising food additive and deodorant