Chemistry in its Element

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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

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    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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    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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    Asafoetida

    22 June 2016

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

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    Methyl isocyanate

    15 June 2016

    The 1984 accident at Bhopal, India, was the worst in the history of industrial chemistry. It involved a leak of methyl isocyanate

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    Shikimic acid

    8 June 2016

    Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds

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    Sucrose

    31 May 2016

    The tastiest food additive there is, or the greatest threat to life in the western world?

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    Cordite

    25 May 2016

    The Battle of Jutland was fought 100 years ago next week, on May 31st, 1916. A critical role was played by cordite