Chemistry in its Element: Compounds

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  • Photographic dark room in red light
    Podcast

    Silver iodide

    14 June 2019

    How the compound that ushered in a photographic revolution has taken to the skies to try to control the weather

  • Grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus)
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    Amantadine

    7 June 2019

    Katrina Krämer investigates how one of the smallest small molecule drugs around saved Jeanna Giese's life

  • Chanel N°5 perfume
    Podcast

    Indole

    31 May 2019

    Kat Arney investigates a potent chemical that might explain the brain-bending powers of bacteria

  • amber resin tree sap
    Podcast

    Amber

    23 May 2019

    Mike Freemantle introduces amber – the valuable organic gemstone that invests unwary insects in a durable tomb

  • Computer chip
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    Beryllium oxide

    17 May 2019

    Brian Clegg examines the duality that makes beryllium oxide so valuable to the electronics industry

  • Children in classroom
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    Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

    10 May 2019

    Jamie Durrani diverts his attention to the rise of Ritalin, a drug first identified as a way of improving tennis performance

  • Horseshoe crabs in water
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    Limulus Amebocyte Lysate

    3 May 2019

    Frances Addison takes a look at the discovery that brought horseshoe crabs to the heart of the pharmaceutical industry

  • Blister pack tablets
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    Levothyroxine

    26 April 2019

    Kit Chapman investigates the drug that has been one of the top five prescription medications in the UK every year for the last two decades

  • Arrowroot crop in Bermuda
    Podcast

    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.

  • Olive oil
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    Aniline

    12 April 2019

    How an early synthetic dye chemical came to play a role in a mysterious disease outbreak in 1980s Spain