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  • Turpentine bottle
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    Terephthalic acid

    2020-01-24T15:30:00Z

    Once thought of as an interesting – but useless – turpentine derivative, this oddly-named acid became the precursor to one of the world’s most widely used plastics

  • An assortment of cobalt blue glass bottles
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    Cobalt oxide

    2020-01-17T11:42:00Z

    From ancient Egyptian pottery to distinctive blue bottles, cobalt oxide has been providing ‘chemically and artistically perfect’ pigments for centuries

  • Viva la vegan sign outside a restaurant in London
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    Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin

    2020-01-10T15:33:00Z

    If you’re trying out a vegan diet, you’re likely to be told to make sure you get enough vitamin B12. But what is B12, where do we get it from, and how can we be sure we’re getting enough?

  • A composite image of Tom Lehrer, Helen Arney and the Waterbeach Brass band
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    The Elements Song

    2019-12-20T09:30:00Z

    To see out the International Year of the Periodic Table in style, we’ve brought Tom Lehrer’s classic periodic table patter up to date

  • An angry black labrador
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    Iminosugars

    2019-12-13T15:00:00Z

    After some promising results treating ill pets, some researchers think iminosugars could become treatments for infection and even cancer. Mike Freemantle explores the buzz around iminohoney

  • Oxycodone pill bottles
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    Oxycodone and hydrocodone

    2019-12-06T11:45:00Z

    Frances Addison examines how our quest to control and manage pain has led to a modern medical crisis, as opioids oxycodone and hydrocodone are among the most abused prescription medications in the US

  • Thanksgiving dinner spread with a roast turkey
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    Tryptophan

    2019-11-29T09:13:00Z

    Ben Valsler tackles ‘zombie facts’ and the tenuous connection between tryptophan in turkey and your post-Thanksgiving dinner doze

  • Zeolite powder
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    Zeolites

    2019-11-22T11:37:00Z

    Brian Clegg introduces the class of materials where the holes are more important than the whole – the super-porous zeolites

  • The Hindenburg airship
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    Allicin

    2019-11-15T15:59:00Z

    It helps prevent garlic plants from marauding insects and should have prevented the Hindenburg disaster – Mike Freemantle on allicin and the smell of freshly crushed garlic

  • Pink damask roses
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    Beta-damascenone

    2019-11-08T11:48:00Z

    Louise Crane explains how a series of happy accidents led to the discovery of this rose-scented compound, found in rose oil, beer, apple pie and Kentucky bourbon.

  • Self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover
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    Gallium arsenide

    2019-11-01T09:30:00Z

    Brian Clegg introduces gallium arsenide – the supercar of the semiconductor scene

  • Gold and silver bars
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    Electrum

    2019-10-25T09:37:00Z

     Georgia Mills introduces the malleable mixture of gold and silver that minted some of the world’s oldest coins

  • A man sits on a Nepalese mountainside with his head in his hands - apparently suffering from altitude sickness
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    Hypoxia-inducible factors – HIFs

    2019-10-18T12:14:00Z

    The oxygen sensors that help life react to changing conditions, key to the 2019 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine

  • Colourful fish at a fishmarket
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    Ciguatoxin

    2019-10-11T10:57:00Z

    The toxin found in reef fish that leads to food poisoning so bad it can cause life-long symptoms

  • Bothrops jararaca
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    Ramipril

    2019-10-04T13:47:00Z

    How a Brazilian scientist’s knowledge of viper venom led to the discovery of a whole class of medication for high blood pressure. With Mike Freemantle

  • Jasmine flowers and oil
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    Hedione

    2019-09-27T14:35:00Z

    Louise Crane investigates a jasmine-derived synthetic scent with supposed sex appeal

  • Warning sign for 1080 in bait stations
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    Sodium fluoroacetate

    2019-09-20T14:56:00Z

    The controversial killer compound – also known as 1080 – being used to protect New Zealand’s native wildlife

  • Marathon running race on city road
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    DMAA

    2019-09-13T09:00:00Z

    A popular sports supplement with deadly consequences

  • Crows flying over trees
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    Domoic acid

    2019-09-06T08:53:00Z

    The marine toxin that drives animals crazy and might have inspired one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films

  • Surgeons or doctor hands with protective glove hold sponge holding a sterilzed gauze with antiseptic liquid
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    Boric acid

    2019-08-30T09:28:00Z

    Mike Freemantle revisits battlefield surgery to investigate boric acid, a key part of Dakin's antiseptic solution used extensively in the first world war