Elements and the periodic table

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    Elements

    Holmium

    6 March 2014

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

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    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

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    Elements

    Manganese

    6 November 2013

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

  • A blue helium balloon
    The Mole

    Trade secrets... Helium balloons

    1 November 2013

    Secrets of the trade: Where does the helium gas in a party balloon come from? Jonathan Hare finds out…

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    Elements

    Phosphorus

    2 September 2013

    John Emsley looks at the element that's the devil in disguise

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    Opinion

    Chemistry of the noble gases

    1 July 2013

    Behind the scenes of Education in Chemistry 50 years ago - The not-so-stable octet theory

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    Elements

    Mercury

    1 July 2013

    John Emsley looks at the element that's fascinating, feared and fatal

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    Elements

    Neon

    1 May 2013

    John Emsley looks at the element that shines brightly and keeps cool but continues to puzzle

  • Cartoon of a bad smell over Franc
    Soundbite

    A stench from the French

    1 March 2013

    Phillip Broadwith investigates a thiol that made the news