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This week’s compound is so bitter (a thousand times more so than quinine) that it’s used to stop people drinking alcohol. Discover denatonium benzoate - the bitterest compound in the world – in this week’s Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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I bet many of you have used this ingredient of bath salts in your undergraduate chemistry labs. Discover magnesium sulfate in this week’s Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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Vancomycin – the drug of last resort for treating resistant bacteria – was isolated from soil taken from the Borneo jungle. Find out more in this week’s Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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Be careful with that drink! Brian Clegg looks at the chemistry behind chloral hydrate – the knockout drops in a ‘Mickey Finn’ – in this week’s Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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Oh no! It’s nitrogen dioxide (ONO). Find out about the chemistry behind this rocket oxidant and urban pollutant in this week’s Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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From the vibrant yellow in van Gogh’s paintings to providing the cadmium for batteries, this semiconductor’s looking bright. Find out about cadmium sulfide in this week’s  Chemistry in its element  podcast.

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Like the Fonz, this week’s  Chemistry in its element compound is cool – but how does menthol create that cooling sensation? Find out in the podcast.

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These compounds are helping your eyes and brain read these words right now! Find out how opsins, the molecules of sight, work in this week’s Chemistry in its element.

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The Naked Scientists

You will have heard of The Naked Scientists. They do loads of very interesting things but, importantly for Chemistry World, they have been supporting us for years with the recording of our podcasts. Well, now it is our turn to support them so at Chemistry World we have decided to risk leaving our bunker as often as we can (no mean feat!) to take part in their podcasts and radio programmes. We will bring what in our opinion are the most interesting chemical sciences-related stories of the week and discuss them with Chris and his team and guests in as interactive and entertaining  a manner as possible (or so we hope!).

We have already taken part in a few programmes so, for example, you can hear Laura talking about a new marshmallow-like material that can selectively absorb oil (and this is the CW story: Mopping up oil spills with marshmallows), explosion-powered nanorobots  (CW story: Soft robots take a leap forward) or you can listen to me talking about how to sober up inebriated mice (CW story: Enzyme nano-parcels sober up drunken mice).

We hope you enjoy these clips as well as the full recordings and future radio shows – don’t touch that dial!

Bibiana Campos Seijo

PS: How many times can someone say ‘actually’ in one sentence? I’m sure I’ve beaten a record…

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A favourite compound for the geochemists in this week’s Chemistry in its element podcast – Uk37 alkenones, which help them understand what the oceans used to be like millions of years ago.

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