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  • Arrowroot crop in Bermuda
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    Starch

    19 April 2019

    Inspired by a mention of arrowroot in Jane Austen's Emma, Mike Freemantle investigates how subtle differences in composition mean starch can be resistant dietary fibre or easily-digested nourishment.

  • Olive oil
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    Aniline

    12 April 2019

    How an early synthetic dye chemical came to play a role in a mysterious disease outbreak in 1980s Spain

  • The book cover of The truth about fat
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    Book Club – The truth about fat

    9 April 2019

    ‘Angry chef’ Anthony Warner wants you to understand why people really get fat and how society tricks us into blaming each other

  • Plume of talcum powder
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    Talc: Magnesium silicate

    5 April 2019

    Coating your naked body with powdered magnesium silicate may sound strange, but it's an important part of many bathtime rituals

  • Sea buckthorn berries and oil
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    Tocopherols

    29 March 2019

    Mike Freemantle discovers sea buckthorn fruits also called 'beauty berries' because of their high concentration of tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as vitamin E

  • Sommelier smelling wine and taking notes
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    Trichloroanisole: Cork taint

    22 March 2019

    If you've ever been unlucky enough to experience 'corked' wine, then 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, or TCA was likely the chemical culprit

  • Cub scout surrounded by flowers
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    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

  • The Vasa, restored and on display at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm
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    Polyethylene glycol or PEG

    8 March 2019

    The simple polymer that preserves and protects ancient artifacts, and saved a historical Swedish shipwreck from complete collapse

  • Humble Pi cover wide
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    Book Club – Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

    4 March 2019

    Matt Parker uses comedy to explore the unique relationship between humans and maths and how numbers are behind errors large and small

  • Feather pen, inkwell and letter
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    Ferrous sulfate

    1 March 2019

    The iron compound that has been turning oak gall extract into indelible ink for centuries, but is now eating though our ancient manuscripts and musical scores