Elements and the periodic table

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  • barium meal
    Elements

    Barium

    10 September 2014

    John Emsley looks at an element that, despite first appearances, has some interesting applications

  • CW0714FEATUREArtinScienceFig1300tb
    Feature

    Unwitting artists

    10 September 2014

    Is there art in chemical structures and diagrams? Jennifer Newton looks at the aesthetics all around us

  • Green/blue flame in a conical flask
    Exhibition chemistry

    Dancing flames

    9 September 2014

    An experiment with an eerie green flame which really provides a wow factor

  • Fruit on an olive tree
    Elements

    Boron

    3 July 2014

    John Emsley looks at the element that links olive trees with semiconductors

  • Batteries
    Elements

    Nickel

    8 May 2014

    John Emsley investigates the element of batteries, blades and baked beans

  • Around-the-world9781849738040650300tb
    Review

    Around the world in 18 elements

    28 March 2014

    Elemental questions

  • The Visual Elements symbol for holmium
    Elements

    Holmium

    6 March 2014

    When it comes to powerful magnets, nothing beats holmium. John Emsley investigates

  • Coloured gemstonesw
    Elements

    Aluminium

    7 January 2014

    John Emsley looks at the element that’s so useful, so abundant, but so difficult to extract

  • Bill Bryson
    Opinion

    Chemistry gives most of the answers

    7 November 2013

    While researching a new book, Bill Bryson takes a trip through cyberspace to try to answer a childhood question – and discovers that chemistry is really quite exciting

  • Beetroot
    Elements

    Manganese

    6 November 2013

    John Emsley looks at the element that has been essential to humanity since before the stone age