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Louise Crane explains how a series of happy accidents led to the discovery of this rose-scented compound, found in rose oil, beer, apple pie and Kentucky bourbon.
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Brian Clegg introduces gallium arsenide – the supercar of the semiconductor scene
Georgia Mills introduces the malleable mixture of gold and silver that minted some of the world's oldest coins
Ben Valsler introduces the oxygen sensors that help life react to changing conditions, and were key to the 2019 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine
Enna Guadalupe investigates the toxin found in reef fish that leads to food poisoning so bad it can cause life-long symptoms.
How a Brazilian scientist's knowledge of viper venom led to the discovery of a whole class of medication for high blood pressure. With Mike Freemantle.
Louise Crane investigates a jasmine-derived synthetic scent with supposed sex appeal
Georgia Mills examines a controversial killer: Sodium fluoroacetate or 1080
Sold as a 'sports supplement', methylhexaneamine – or DMAA – is implicated in the deaths of otherwise fit & healthy people. Enna Guadalupe investigates.
Katrina Krämer investigates a marine toxin that drives animals crazy and might have inspired one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films