Thiomersal - The molecule that prevents vaccines from going stale.
Tetranitratoxycarbon - The explosive molecule discovered by a 10 year-old girl
Triclosan - The antibacterial molecule found in soaps, detergents, toys and surgical cleaning treatments that maybe becoming an enviromental problem
Myristicin - The psychoactive molecule in nutmegs, and the story of the nut that changed the world.
Streptomycin - One of the main drugs to treat Tuberculosis.
Hydrazine - Rocket fuel, spandex suits, power stations and car air-bags!
Fluoroform - It’s not the same as chloroform!
Filbertone - The smell of hazelnuts.
Captopril - The treatment for high blood pressure derived from snake venom
Raspberry Ketone (or Rheosmin or Frambinone) -
The smell of raspberries.
Lauric Acid - The main constituent of coconut oil
Phenylethylamine - the amine responsible for the ‘Cheese effect’
Hydrogen Cyanide -
From Prussian Blue to Schrödinger’s Cat
Doxycycline - The antibiotic that’s an alternative to penicillin
Sulfanilamide - The antibiotic drug that saved the life of Winston Churchill
Eribulin - The anti-cancer drug made from a sea-sponge
Warfarin - The blood anti-coagulant used as a rat poison
Eucalyptol (1,8-Cineole) - A koala’s favourite food
Heptan-2-one - The stilton cheese molecule
Diacetyl - The buttery flavour of popcorn, butterscotch, and margarine.
Glycine - The amino-acid that may have kick-started life on Earth
Heavy Water - It’s water, just heavier!
1-Octen-3-ol - The smell of mushrooms.
Cyanoacrylate - Superglue!
Bombykol - The sex pheromone of the silk moth.
2-Methylundecanal - The smell of Chanel No.5 perfume.
Sodium Thiopental (Sodium Pentothal) - The 'Truth Serum’ used in many spy movies.
Quinine - The anti-malarial drug that’s found in gin and tonic
Spidroin - Spider silk and spider poisons
Uranium Hexafluoride, UF6 - The source of uranium for nuclear power
Tetrodotoxin - The poison in puffer fish
4-Bromo-4’-Methoxy-acetophenone Azine - An organic magnet
Nerd - … That’s what you are for reading all of these until the end.
taken from here.