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    The chemistry of pottery

    1 July 2012

    Pottery vessels have been made for around 18,000 years. But how does clay extracted from the earth become a colourful pot, and what's the chemistry behind the process?

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    Water for life

    1 June 2011

    Tom Westgate investigates the chemistry and chemists helping more people to access clean water

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    Rare earth elements

    1 March 2011

    They sit at the bottom of the periodic table like they don’t belong, but these elements are vital ingredients in many gadgets and ‘green’ technologies. Tom Westgate finds out what makes them so versatile and valuable.

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    China’s treasure

    1 January 2011

    China has the world’s largest reserves of rare earth minerals

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    Iron ocean seeding

    1 September 2010

    Carbon sequestration - the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - is an active area of research

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    Boring Gribbles

    1 May 2010

    Scientists may have found a way to stop gribbles boring into seaside piers

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    Recycling plastic bottles

    1 May 2010

    Recycling plastic bottles prevents the plastic from going to landfill, saves energy and reduces our dependency on oil. But what do we have to do to put the bottle back on the supermarket shelf?

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    Ionic really

    1 July 2009

    Could wood be our new biofuel?

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    Exhibition chemistry

    The extraction of iron

    1 November 2007

    Demonstrations designed to capture the student's imagination