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  • Development of soybean root
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    Nitrogenase

    2019-02-22T09:30:00Z

    The mysterious enzyme that can beat the world’s biggest chemical process when it comes to breaking the dinitrogen triple bond

  • Funeral mask of the Pharoah Tutankhamun
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    Lazurite

    2019-02-15T12:09:00Z

    A brilliant rich blue rock, prized in antiquity as a gemstone and a prominent pigment, lazurite is the basis of lapis lazuli, the original ultramarine paint and – as Brian Clegg finds – it even adorns Tutankhamun's death mask

  • Tsetse Fly
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    Melarsoprol

    2019-02-07T14:20:00Z

    Cases of sleeping sickness – human African trypanosomiasis – are in decline, dropping 86% in Africa between 2000 and 2014. Gege Li explores the role that this toxic, arsenic-based medication has to play.

  • Pile of capsules Omega 3 on white background
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    Omega-3 fatty acids

    2019-02-01T14:30:00Z

    Many consume cod liver oil due to 'a vague sense we should be taking them for something' – but what to the omega-3 fatty acids actually do?

  • A UH- 1D helicopter from the 336th Aviation Company sprays a agent orange on a dense jungle area in the Mekong delta - Illustration
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    Cacodyl

    2019-01-25T14:30:00Z

    It made Robert Bunsen seriously ill, Michael Faraday thought it 'barbaric' to use in battle and even Fritz Haber – the 'father of chemical warfare' – abandoned it after a fatal accident in his lab. This week, Mike Freemantle tells the story of tetramethyldiarsine, otherwise known as cacodyl.

  • Russian gymnast David Delyavskiy's bronze medal from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    Bronze

    2019-01-18T14:12:00Z

    Kit Chapman takes us back to the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, via the bronze age and ancient Greece

  • Whisky tasting glasses
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    Ellagic acid

    2019-01-11T09:30:00Z

    Louise Crane introduces the antioxidant that led to exaggerated claims that 'whisky helps fight cancer'

  • Nutmeg fruit and seeds
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    Myristicin

    2018-12-17T15:56:00Z

    The spice that gives your Christmas eggnog its distinctive taste and aroma is also a toxic narcotic that played an important role in international history

  • Hot molten steel in a foundry
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    Low-background steel

    2018-12-07T12:54:00Z

    Post-nuclear steel is a little bit radioactive, so for some specialist jobs we need to find a source of steel from before the bomb

  • Tin cans
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    Tin chlorides

    2018-11-29T15:19:00Z

    The compounds that put the 'tin' in tin cans and help you to reflect on your appearance

  • Chopping onions on a wooden board with a ceramic knife
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    Propanethial-S-oxide: how chopping onions makes you cry

    2018-11-23T11:02:00Z

    Kat Arney’s investigation of the pungent chemical in onions is enough to bring tears to your eyes

  • Coloured epoxy resin on wood
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    Epoxies

    2018-11-16T14:25:00Z

    Epoxies – including hard-wearing resins and strong adhesives – can be found almost everywhere, from your household white goods to the Large Hadron Collider

  • Football hitting the back of the net
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    Levulinic acid

    2018-11-09T14:47:00Z

    How one footballer's climate concerns led to the creation of a green chemistry company: the story of Mathieu Flamini, GFBiochemicals and levulinic acid.

  • Grapefruit
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    Furanocoumarin

    2018-11-02T11:47:00Z

    Florence Schechter discovers how a seemingly healthy grapefruit-based breakfast could disrupt your daily drugs

  • Universal indicator paper
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    Phenolphthalein

    2018-10-25T16:12:00Z

    Kat Arney gets to the bottom of the story of phenolphthalein – a chemical with two very different uses. If you've measured pH in a classroom or had some trouble in the bathroom, you may have met this compound before.

  • Resin drips from the Mastic tree
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    Caryophyllene

    2018-10-19T11:37:00Z

    A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’ and mentioned at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

  • Algae bloom in Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC
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    Anatoxin-a

    2018-10-12T10:00:00Z

    The compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'

  • Colchicum autumnale flowers
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    Colchicine

    2018-10-05T10:00:00Z

    An ancient, but effective, remedy for painful attacks of gout

  • A Bandari woman showing her hands with indigo traces after sewing a traditional burqa mask
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    Indigo

    2018-09-28T10:00:00Z

    The rise and fall of the Indian indigo industry is just one part of this pigment's colourful history

  • A Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel displays confiscated ecstasy at a press conference in Manila on September 14, 2016
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    Pentylone

    2018-09-21T10:17:00Z

    The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as traditional street drugs, putting users at risk