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Ben Valsler finds out why writing Alice’s adventures in Wonderland was such a headache for Lewis Carroll
Find out about the Black Prince’s ruby, which is no ruby at all
A plant based poison with a poetic past…
Is there really a simple, fruity route to weight loss?
Brian Clegg gets to the heart of the matter on the benefits or otherwise of one of the most commonly prescribed drugs
The one hormone that we know is involved in appetite
When the communion bread starts secreting blood, could this be the cause?
Kat Arney tells us about the active ingredient in energy drinks
A yellow dress, of the type worn by Jane Austen, sets Michael Freemantle exploring the chemistry of picric acid
It’s the active molecule in the plant known as electric daisies or the toothache plant but it might also make your skin smoother
Kat Arney introduces the organomercury preservative associated with the current controversy around vaccines
Ever taken a whiff of smelling salts? For many years, the compound that contributed the pungent pong was ammonium carbonate
With a name that literally means rotten resin, asafoetida is a surprising food additive and deodorant
The 1984 accident at Bhopal, India, was the worst in the history of industrial chemistry. It involved a leak of methyl isocyanate
Kat Arney introduces a biologically ubiquitous compound, important in beating both infectious viruses and invasive weeds
The tastiest food additive there is, or the greatest threat to life in the western world?
The Battle of Jutland was fought 100 years ago next week, on May 31st, 1916. A critical role was played by cordite
Michael Freemantle takes a stroll through ‘Jane Austen country’ to discover this week’s compound: Coumarin
For decades, automobile fuel had a dangerous additive: Tetraethyl lead. Matt Gunther explains why a toxic compound was added to our fuel
It failed as a painkiller, but Haldol rapidly became an essential medicine for schizophrenia. Raychelle Burks explains more
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