John Emsley

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    Elements

    Beryllium

    6 November 2015

    Sometimes beautiful, sometimes useful, always deadly

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    Elements

    Chlorine

    9 September 2015

    John Emsley investigates the halogen we love to hate, but can’t live without

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    Elements

    Samarium

    3 July 2015

    John Emsley looks at a low profile element with some valuable applications

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    Elements

    Sodium

    11 May 2015

    It’s salt, soda and street lights, but also much more, explains John Emsley

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    Elements

    Molybdenum

    9 March 2015

    John Emsley looks at an element that holds the key to life on Earth

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    Elements

    Bismuth

    20 November 2014

    John Emsley examines a heavy metal that gleams, calms and quenches

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    Elements

    Barium

    10 September 2014

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

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    Elements

    Boron

    3 July 2014

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

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    Elements

    Nickel

    8 May 2014

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

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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

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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

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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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    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

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    Elements

    Tungsten

    1 March 2013

    John Emsley looks at the heavy metal that makes light work of tough jobs

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    Elements

    Tin

    1 January 2013

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Education in Chemistry, John Emsley takes a look at the 50th element

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    Elements

    Lithium

    1 November 2012

    John Emsley investigates the element that is the lightest of metals and celebrated in song

  • Remains of the 5000 year-old iceman
    Elements

    Arsenic

    1 September 2012

    John Emsley investigates the element that has harmed many, but now heals a few

  • Amorphophallus titanium in full bloom
    Elements

    Sulfur

    1 July 2012

    We can't live with it and we can't live without it

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