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  • Brewing ayahuasca
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    DMT – Dimethyltryptamine

    2020-05-22T08:30:00Z

    Georgia Mills investigates the psychoactive found in ayahuasca that may mirror near-death experiences

  • Pool cleaning equipment on the side of a pool
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    Chlorine dioxide

    2020-05-15T17:00:00Z

    Katrina Krämer investigates how industrial-strength bleach became promoted as ‘miracle mineral supplement’ – a supposed ‘cure’ for autism, cancer and even Covid-19.

  • Olives and olive oil
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    Oleic acid

    2020-05-08T08:35:00Z

    Brian Clegg discovers the link between olive oil, dandruff and stained glass windows.

  • An image showing the book cover of Smoke & Mirrors
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    Book Club – Smoke & Mirrors by Gemma Milne

    2020-05-06T08:30:00Z

    Science journalist Gemma Milne’s first book promises to be a guide on how to recognise hype and how to cut through it

  • Doctors examining a CT scan
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    Interferon beta

    2020-05-01T15:44:00Z

    An immune-modulating compound used to reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and now showing potential against coronaviruses

  • Ritonavir tablet packaging
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    Ritonavir

    2020-04-24T15:26:00Z

    The unexplained appearance and dramatic spread of a new form of HIV drug ritonavir hurt patients and cost its makers almost $250 million.

  • An image showing coronavirus particles
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    Lopinavir

    2020-04-17T12:34:00Z

    How a drug that prevents HIV from donning its protective ‘coat’ now makes up one arm of the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 trial

  • Remdesivir
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    Remdesivir

    2020-04-03T14:30:00Z

    Will new clinical trials for Covid-19 give remdesivir a second chance? Ben Valsler introduces the broad-spectrum antiviral that didn’t quite make it as the Ebola drug it was originally planned to be

  • An image showing the book cover of Ingredients
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    Book Club – Ingredients by George Zaidan

    2020-04-01T09:30:00Z

    We discuss George Zaidan’s Ingredients, a book that promises to make chemistry more fun than Hogwarts

  • A mosquito, a bottle of hyroxychloroquine tablets and social distancing advice
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    Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

    2020-03-27T16:30:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic – and some very high profile backing – has led to malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine hitting the headlines worldwide.

  • Woman taking a pain killer tablet
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    Ibuprofen

    2020-03-20T15:15:00Z

    Brian Clegg on the popular over-the-counter painkiller, developed by a high-street pharmacy chain

  • A man checking his hair line
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    Minoxidil and Finasteride

    2020-03-13T13:30:00Z

    Catherine Hodges explores the chemical solutions to thinning hair and patchy beards, examining the popularity of minoxidil and the cautionary tale of finasteride

  • An open bee hive
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    Fipronil

    2020-03-06T09:46:00Z

    The pesticide that keeps pets free of pests, but may have also been responsible for the devastating collapse of bee colonies

  • An image showing the book cover of Say why to drugs
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    Book Club – Say Why to Drugs by Suzi Gage

    2020-03-02T09:30:00Z

    We discuss Suzi Gage’s comprehensive look at the science behind recreational drugs – from caffeine to ketamine

  • An Ob mouse sat beside a normal weight mouse
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    Leptin

    2020-02-28T11:10:00Z

    Rotund rodents revolutionised our understanding of the biological role of fat. Now, as Katrina Krämer discovers, the hormones created by fats could redefine obesity

  • An assortment of foods rich in vitamin K
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    Vitamin K

    2020-02-21T12:00:00Z

    Ben Valsler on vitamin K – the blood clotting factor that is likely to be the first supplement you ever receive

  • Barley crop
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    Amylase

    2020-02-14T09:14:00Z

    Brian Clegg on the enzymes make life a little sweeter by breaking down starch into sugars, helping to make bread and beer

  • A yawning beaver
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    Hydroquinone

    2020-02-07T14:10:00Z

    Georgia Mills on a compound that explodes from a beetle’s bum, and has a controversial role in skin depigmentation

  • Fisherman holds up a fish poisoned by cyanide on the Tisza river
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    Sodium cyanide

    2020-01-31T10:00:00Z

    This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Baia Mare disaster, when toxic sodium cyanide spilled from a gold processing plant led to ecological damage on a huge scale.

  • An image showing the book cover of You Look Like a Thing and I Love You
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    Book Club – You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane

    2020-01-29T09:30:00Z

    We talk about Janelle Shane’s dive into the depths of AI weirdness