Kat Arney

Kat Arney is a science communicator, author and harpist. She is a regular co-host of The Naked Scientists and also hosts the BBC Radio 5 Live Science Show. Her first book, Herding Hemingway's Cats, which was published in January 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing, covers the state of knowledge of the human genome, the advances made since the 1950s and what remains unknown.

  • Chanel N°5 perfume


    31 May 2019

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

  • Cub scout surrounded by flowers

    Vinblastine and vincristine: Vinca alkaloids

    15 March 2019

    Kat Arney unearths a story of an overlooked female researcher in the search for the origins of cancer drugs found in plants

  • Chopping onions on a wooden board with a ceramic knife

    Propanethial-S-oxide: how chopping onions makes you cry

    23 November 2018

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

  • Universal indicator paper


    25 October 2018

    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.

  • Thaumetopoea processionea. Oak processionary moth caterpillars


    7 September 2018

    The allergenic compound behind those 'toxic caterpillars'

  • Students in chemistry class

    How to become a chemistry teacher

    15 August 2018

    Teaching can be an intense but rewarding and refreshing career change

  • Infant with Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Jaundice.


    10 August 2018

    Kat Arney investigates the chemicals responsible for giving bruises their hue and colouring your poo

  • Spider web


    7 June 2018

    Kat Arney on your friendly neighbourhood spider silk protein

  • Arene pirouette


    17 May 2018

    Kat Arney discovers the strange things that happen when organic compounds go round the twist

  • A person wearing a Big bang theory 'Bazinga!' cape


    26 April 2018

    Science imitates art imitating science, as sitcom The big bang theory inspires the creation of a new compound

  • 3d rendering of a subsea cable on the seabed

    Gutta percha

    29 March 2018

    Kat Arney on the tree sap that once insulated transatlantic cables

  • A man using a ultraviolet tanning bed


    22 February 2018

    A family of biological pigments that make life more colourful

  • Blood bags containing blue coloured blood

    Methaemoglobin and diaphorase 1

    19 January 2018

    Kat Arney discovers the biological chemistry behind a colourful blood disorder

  • A hand holding a viagra tablet

    Sildenafil (Viagra)

    22 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates one of the fastest selling drugs of all time

  • Mouldy peanuts


    2 November 2017

    Kat Arney investigates the cancer-causing chemicals that could be lurking in that bag of peanuts

  • PC-3 human prostate cancer cells in air bubble, stained with Coomassie blue, under differencial interference contrast microscope.

    Coomassie blue

    29 September 2017

    How an attractive blue dye became the basis of a fundamental lab technique

  • A baby in a disposable nappy with a snowglobe

    Sodium polyacrylate

    16 August 2017

    Need some fake snow for your Christmas party? Simply look inside a baby’s nappy.

  • Young black and white cat with bottles of milk


    28 June 2017

    One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out.

  • The scab on a grazed knee, healing nicely

    Fibrin and fibrinogen

    31 May 2017

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

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


    5 April 2017

    The compounds that link poison ivy with beautiful lacquerwork

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