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  • Silhouette of man drinking alcohol
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    Baclofen

    2019-08-02T09:30:00Z

    One doctor's battle with alcoholism and self-experimentation with baclofen led to a rush of people desperate to try the drug to curb their addictions. But are we simply replacing one problem with another, asks Enna Guadalupe 

  • Someone holding small pieces of plastic on a beach
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    Polypropylene

    2019-07-25T15:06:00Z

    Microplastics, including polypropylene, are present in our oceans, on our beaches and even in bottled water. Ian Robertson investigates the scale and some solutions

  • Dental exam
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    Zinc polycarboxylate

    2019-07-19T11:00:00Z

    Lay back in the chair and say 'Ahh', as Mike Freemantle introduces zinc polycarboxylate dental cement

  • An image showing The Periodic Table by Primo Levi book cover
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    Book Club – The Periodic Table

    2019-07-12T13:29:00Z

    100 years on, we examine the effect of Primo Levi’s masterpiece The Periodic Table

  • Zircon jewellery on a white background
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    Zircon

    2019-07-12T09:00:00Z

    The versatile gemstones that give scientists insights into the chemistry of the early Earth, introduced by Brian Clegg

  • Surgeons with anaesthetic gas mask
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    Cyclopropane

    2019-07-05T14:30:00Z

    Chemistry’s tastiest bonds for an explosive anaesthetic that was as useful as it was dangerous

  • Several pills of MDMA (Extasy) on white table
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    2C psychedelics

    2019-06-28T10:44:00Z

    A class of hallucinogenic phenethylamines, explored by the 'godfather of psychedelics' Alexander Shulgin and sadly implicated in a tragedy at a 2017 music festival

  • Scientist working with blood sample in a laboratory
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    Azidothymidine

    2019-06-21T13:23:00Z

    The first drug approved in the US to treat Aids required a completely new approach to clinical trials – Frances Addison explores the history of azidothymidine

  • An image showing the Superheavy book cover
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    Book Club – Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table

    2019-06-17T14:15:00Z

    Kit Chapman explores the strange, complex and downright confusing world of superheavy elements

  • Photographic dark room in red light
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    Silver iodide

    2019-06-14T09:30:00Z

    How the compound that ushered in a photographic revolution has taken to the skies to try to control the weather

  • Grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus)
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    Amantadine

    2019-06-07T12:00:00Z

    Katrina Krämer investigates how one of the smallest small molecule drugs around saved Jeanna Giese's life

  • Chanel N°5 perfume
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    Indole

    2019-05-31T09:30:00Z

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

  • amber resin tree sap
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    Amber

    2019-05-23T13:58:00Z

    Mike Freemantle introduces amber – the valuable organic gemstone that invests unwary insects in a durable tomb

  • Computer chip
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    Beryllium oxide

    2019-05-17T13:27:00Z

    Brian Clegg examines the duality that makes beryllium oxide so valuable to the electronics industry

  • Children in classroom
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    Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

    2019-05-10T10:00:00Z

    Jamie Durrani diverts his attention to the rise of Ritalin, a drug first identified as a way of improving tennis performance

  • A picture of the cover of Clearing the Air
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    Book Club – Clearing the air

    2019-05-10T07:40:00Z

    Tim Smedley travels the world to work out why air pollution occurs, and what we can do to solve the problem

  • Horseshoe crabs in water
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    Limulus Amebocyte Lysate

    2019-05-03T10:30:00Z

    Frances Addison takes a look at the discovery that brought horseshoe crabs to the heart of the pharmaceutical industry

  • Blister pack tablets
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    Levothyroxine

    2019-04-26T09:30:00Z

    Kit Chapman investigates the drug that has been one of the top five prescription medications in the UK every year for the last two decades

  • Arrowroot crop in Bermuda
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    Starch

    2019-04-19T09:31:00Z

    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

    2019-04-12T09:30:00Z

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