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Luminol

16 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Amongst the fictional forensic equipment shown on television, Brian Clegg notices one distinctly non-fiction stalwart: Luminol

Dichloromethane

9 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

It smells sweet, is potentially lethal and organic chemists rely on it: Emily James on dichloromethane

Dibromoindigo

2 April 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Purple was once a colour only royalty could afford to wear. Hayley Birch investigates tyrian purple, or dibromoindigo, the original purple dye

Batrachotoxin

26 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Stephen Wallace introduces batrachotoxin, a deadly toxin that comes from a beautiful little frog

Helium hydride

19 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg introduces the first compound to ever exist - helium hydride

Streptomycin

12 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton introduces the first antibiotic known to kill TB: Streptomycin

Alum

5 March 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Lars Öhrström delves into the history of alum, a compound linked to some of Europe's most infamous families

Hirudin

26 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Helen Scales investigates hirudin, a powerful anticoagulant found in leech saliva

Ketamine

19 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton explores a dance-scene drug that was designed for horses, ketamine

Ethene

12 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Hayley Birch discovers the compound that links explosive anaesthetics, plastics and ripe bananas: Ethene

Lactose

5 February 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Lactose intolerance leads to unpleasant and antisocial symptoms. Lars Öhrström finds out why

Tetrahydrogestrinone

29 January 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton investigates tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), a designer steroid that sparked a sporting scandal

Acetaldehyde

22 January 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg meets a simple organic compound with a reputation for being something of a bruiser

Paracetamol

15 January 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Simon Cotton looks back at the history of one of our favourite painkillers, paracetamol

Conotoxins

8 January 2014 Podcast | Compounds

Helen Scales finds out how unique toxins found in deadly cone snail stings could herald the next generation of painkillers

Boron nitride

17 December 2013 Podcast | Compounds

Brian Clegg explains how the versatile compound boron nitride may be 'the best kept secret in all of chemistry'

Glyphosate

11 December 2013 Podcast | Compounds

A popular way to weed out unwanted pest plants, Jen Newton introduces Glyphosate

Guaiacol

4 December 2013 Podcast | Compounds

This week, Ben Valsler investigates the smoky compound that links whisky, kippers, bacon, hot dogs, coffee, creosote and cough syrup

Hexenal

27 November 2013 Podcast | Compounds

For many, it's the smell of spring and summer. But hexenal - responsible for the aroma of freshly cut grass - makes Simon Cotton think of cricket.

Potassium bromide

20 November 2013 Podcast | Compounds

Did chemistry help control tension in the trenches? Brian Clegg investigates potassium bromide

Napalm

13 November 2013 Podcast | Compounds

A devastating weapon indelibly associated with Apocalypse Now and the Vietnam war, Simon Cotton introduces Napalm

Tamoxifen

6 November 2013 Podcast | Compounds

Tamoxifen can treat and prevent one type of breast cancer, without the side effects of chemotherapy. Andrew Holding explains more

Phenylthiocarbamide

30 October 2013 Podcast | Compounds

By tasting fantastically bitter, but only to some, phenylthiocarbamide (or PTC) exposed the genetics of taste

Nitinol

23 October 2013 Podcast | Compounds

Sitting on your glasses is no longer a death sentence for spectacles, thanks to shape memory alloys like nitinol

Titin

16 October 2013 Podcast | Compounds

It's a massive molecular record breaker. Andrew Holding introduces Titin, the largest protein in the human body