everyday science

  • A sea cucumber, which contains vanadium in its blood pigment
    Elements

    Vanadium

    1 May 2012

    When the Earth moves so does the price of vanadium

  • Structure of strychnine
    Soundbite

    Strychnine

    1 May 2012

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.

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    Vancomycin

    1 March 2012

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.

  • Lead element
    Elements

    Lead

    1 March 2012

    An element with a colourful and dubious past

  • Gallium nitride LEDs emit blue light
    Elements

    Gallium

    1 January 2012

    Goes liquid, glows blue and grabs neutrinos

  • Bubbles in Coca-Cola
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    Coca-Cola

    1 November 2011

    Have you ever wondered what's in Coca-Cola? How about whether it really contains cocaine?

  • Smithsonite (also known as zinc spar) is usually light green in colour
    Elements

    Zinc

    1 November 2011

    An essential element of life and lifestyle

  • Healthy brain scan using technetium-99m. Here the brain activity is colour-coded, from red (most active) through yellow to green and blue (least active).
    Elements

    Technetium

    1 September 2011

    Technetium, so unique, so useful, so universal

  • A dog sniffing in a suitcase
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    Detecting explosives

    1 September 2011

    Simon Cotton takes a look at those compounds that find themselves in the news or relate to our everyday lives.

  • Cerium
    Elements

    Cerium

    1 June 2011

    Cerium, the not so rare earth metal with down to earth uses