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26 August 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Why do the Blue Ridged Mountains inspire so many songs? Maybe it's because of the Isoprene that gives them their blue hue...


19 August 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Emilie Steinmark tells us about gluten and gluten intolerance


12 August 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton explains the explosive history and the dangers to health of the weight-loss drug, 2,4-dinitrophenol

Vanadium Oxides

5 August 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces an exotic chemical dynasty: the Vanadium oxides


29 July 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton on the compound that turns a shrinking violet into a hero: Adrenaline


22 July 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg tells us about a silicone gel, which can sometimes be a bit silly

Carminic acid

17 July 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Raychelle Burks introduces a red dye with a prickly history.

Citric acid

8 July 2015 Podcast | Compounds

If life hands you lemons, make lemonade – or you could make citric acid, a very useful commodity chemical according to Andrew Turley

Sodium sulfate

1 July 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg on sodium sulfate, known as 'the miraculous salt' because of its strong laxative effects.


24 June 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Tempted by a tipple of home-brewed moonshine? Andrew Turley examines the risks associated with drinking methanol.

Cortisol & Hydrocortisone

16 June 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg investigates a compound that calms inflamed joints and excites the stressed brain: Cortisol


10 June 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Ben Valsler examines the chemicals at the heart of one of the latest cosmetic & food additive scare stories: Parabens


3 June 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Matt Gunther investigates a clear, colourless gas responsible for thousands of deaths in the Great War: Phosgene

Calcium hydroxide

27 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

It rendered walls of pyramids and helps remove unwanted hair - Brian Clegg introduces a compound with many names - Calcium hydroxide


20 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

From a glamorous necklace to cutting edge body armour - Helen Scales investigates the properties of nacre

Hyaluronic acid

13 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg smooths out the wrinkles over the darling of the cosmetic industry, hyaluronic acid

Mussel adhesive proteins

6 May 2015 Podcast | Compounds

How do mussels stick tight and weather the constant ocean waves? Helen Scales discovers mussel adhesive proteins


29 April 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces a compound steeped in faded Victorian glamour – acetylene

CS gas

22 April 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton examines a compound banned in warfare but still used by police to disperse crowds: CS gas


16 April 2015 Podcast | Compounds

It's the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments - Helen Scales discovers goethite


8 April 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg discusses the vitamin found in both breakfast cereal and meteorites: Niacin


1 April 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Start your engines! Simon Cotton looks into one of the few chemical names known well to the public: Octane


25 March 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Sensible approach to dental rot or sinister communist plot? Brian Clegg examines the much-maligned fluorides


18 March 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton introduces the first of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants: Prozac

Sodium thiopental

11 March 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Once thought to extract the truth and now used to enact the ultimate punishment, this week's compound is sodium thiopental