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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

Barbituric acid

4 March 2015 Podcast | Compounds

It may have been largely superceded in the clinic but Phil Robinson discovers there is no rest yet for barbituric acid


25 February 2015 Podcast | Compounds

RNA may be less famous than it's more stable cousin, but is central to cellular function

Hydrofluoric acid

18 February 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Breaking Bad may have exaggerated its body-dissolving effects, but Katrina Krämer finds the truth about hydrofluoric acid is just as gruesome


11 February 2015 Podcast | Compounds

From lemon-fresh detergent to home made silly putty, Jenna Bilbrey expounds the virtues of borax


4 February 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces the 'ogres' that make up transparent electronics

Grubbs catalyst

28 January 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Nina Notman describes the dance of olefin metathesis, and how the tempo is set by Grubbs' catalysts

Titanium nitride

21 January 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg explains how titanium nitride could protect artificial joints and pimp out your ride

Tungsten carbide

14 January 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Matt Gunther introduces the alloy that links armour-piercing bullets and ball point pens: Tungsten carbide


7 January 2015 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces a weedkiller whose name has entered public consciousness – Paraquat

Frankincense and myrrh

24 December 2014 Podcast | Compounds

In this seasonal podcast, we look at the compounds found in frankincense and myrrh


17 December 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Nina Notman introduces isoniazid - an antibiotic key to treating tuberculosis


10 December 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Could this be the sweetener that causes the most online panic?


3 December 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Used to make synthetic cannabis, cannabicyclohexanol may be more risky than its non-synthetic counterpart


26 November 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton introduces the painkiller tramadol – could this be the next banned drug in competitive cycling?


19 November 2014 Podcast | Compounds

A protein with an impressive roster of 'firsts': Anna Lewcock introduces insulin

Psilocybin & Mescaline

12 November 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton explores our hallucinogenic horizons with psilocybin and mescaline

Selenium dioxide

5 November 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It smells of 'rotting horseradish' but gives glass a magnificent red colour – Brian Clegg shines a light on selenium dioxide

Human growth hormone

29 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Marketed as a path to eternal youth but banned in professional sports, Hayley Simon introduces human growth hormone

Magnesium chloride

23 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It may have no common name, but as Brian Clegg explains, magnesium chloride has many common uses

Acetone peroxide

15 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton takes us back to a dark day in UK history, to highlight a terrible use of acetone peroxide


9 October 2014 Podcast | Compounds

The drug that fuelled rave culture may yet be a treatment for PTSD. Hayley Simon introduces MDMA