All Chemistry in its Element: Compounds articles – Page 7

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  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely
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    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    2017-05-31T12:05:00Z

    From scabby knees to life-threatening strokes, this important protein is the fundamental link in the complex molecular chain that forms blood clots

  • An image of two men clinking whiskey glasses
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    Propylene glycol

    2017-05-24T10:59:00Z

    How a batch of cinnamon whiskey led to total recall

  • View from the top of paint, tools and plastic scale model
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    Butanone

    2017-05-17T16:01:00Z

    Butanone or methyl ethyl ketone is better known to many as the polystyrene cement that keeps scale models secure

  • A hand pulls back the curtain to reveal the bright lights of an empty stage
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    Propranolol hydrochloride

    2017-05-14T08:00:00Z

    Stave off stage fright with a simple compound that revolutionised drug development

  • Trees in autumn
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    Anthocyanins

    2017-05-07T07:00:00Z

    The pigments responsible for the rich colours of autumn leaves

  • Example of MOF-5
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    MOFs: Metal–organic frameworks

    2017-04-27T12:25:00Z

    Katrina Krämer examines these extremely versatile materials and speaks to MOF pioneer Omar Yaghi

  • Orange and black striped caterpillars of the Cinnabar Moth, on wild yellow ragwort flowers
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    Ragwort alkaloids

    2017-04-19T15:35:00Z

    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids from Ragworts and other plants are popular with pollinators but a potent poison to livestock, as Mike Freemantle discovers

  • Will o' the wisp over the fens
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    Phosphine

    2017-04-12T08:00:00Z

    Will o’ the wisp, ignis fatuus, hitodama or the min-min light, ghostly balls of fire are common in folklore around the world. Kit Chapman explores the compound that may be the chemical cause of these mysterious lights

  • Vintage Japanese black lacquer tea caddy with auspicious gold makie bamboo forest design, used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony
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    Urushiol

    2017-04-05T15:40:00Z

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork 

  • Packet of mercurous chloride tablets, Kassel, Germany, 1914-1917
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    Mercuric chloride

    2017-03-29T03:03:00Z

    Michael Freemantle traces the history of a highly toxic medicine: Mercuric chloride

  • A cat, playing on a purpose built cat tower
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    Nepetalactone

    2017-03-22T17:14:00Z

    The catnip compound that felines go crazy for could have exciting uses for humans, too, as Kat Arney finds out

  • Illustration of human sperm
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    Spermine and spermidine

    2017-03-15T14:43:00Z

    Kiki Sanford explores how polyamines found in semen could be related to a long and healthy life

  • Bandaged British World War 1 soldiers in a battlefield trench, 1915-1918.
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    Mustine

    2017-03-08T17:30:00Z

    How chemical weapons inspired the birth of cancer chemotherapy

  • A single layer of molybdenum disulfide
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    Molybdenum disulfide

    2017-03-01T17:24:00Z

    Brian Clegg discovers the compound that makes the world’s smallest transistors

  • A skeletal form mixes ingredients for sweets, surrounded by vats of dangerous chemicals
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    Arsenic trioxide

    2017-02-22T16:12:00Z

    How a ‘daft’ pharmacy mix up led to a series of poisonings in Victorian Britain

  • Colin Firth as Mr Darcy
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    Darcin

    2017-02-15T15:44:00Z

    Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy lends his name to a pheromone that lets mice feel the love

  • A bag of freshly donated blood
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    Porphyrins

    2017-02-08T18:06:00Z

    Brian Clegg examines the colourful compounds that no red-blooded creature can do without: Porphyrins

  • sodium reacting with water with the blue colour of the solvated electron visible
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    Solvated electrons

    2017-02-02T13:39:00Z

    Blue flashes and metallic water are just some of the tricks associated with the unleashed electron

  • Ball and stick structure of adamantane
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    Adamantane

    2017-01-26T17:11:00Z

    Brian Clegg introduces a crystalline hydrocarbon that isn’t as tough as it sounds, but is the basis of a wide range of medicines

  • Surgery
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    Pancuronium bromide

    2017-01-19T17:40:00Z

    Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in surgery