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Physicist Brian Keating lost the Nobel Prize, then went on to re-evaluate its worth and examine how it could be improved
Florence Schechter discovers how a seemingly healthy grapefruit-based breakfast could disrupt your daily drugs
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.
A biologically active compound from the biblical balm of Gilead, said to ‘heal the sin-sick soul’ and mentioned at the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The compound formerly known by the no-nonsense name 'very fast death factor'
An ancient, but effective, remedy for painful attacks of gout
The rise and fall of the Indian indigo industry is just one part of this pigment's colourful history
Mark Miodownik on the delightful, dangerous and downright strange liquids that flow through our lives
The latest in an alarming trend of novel psychoactive substances being mis-sold at festivals as traditional street drugs, putting users at risk
From calming a hyperactive immune system to increasing cognitive abilities, these small molecules have a big impact
The allergenic compound behind those 'toxic caterpillars'
Science fiction as written by a scientist
A tear gas used by the British army in the first world war, picked, in part, because of our access to seaweed
Brian Clegg on the almond flavour compound that gives your taste buds a treat and may help rescue survivors from a disaster
How the ‘world’s most wonderful mineral’ became one of the world’s biggest health hazards
Kat Arney investigates the chemicals responsible for giving bruises their hue and colouring your poo
Immunologist Daniel Davis reveals the complexities of the human immune system
The antidote that can stop an opioid overdose in its tracks
A 1960s breakthrough in pain relief that now fuels the opioid crisis
How a waxy mixture from a sheep's fleece helped create a global fashion brand
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