Nuclear chemistry and radioactivity

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  • The Chernobyl nuclear power plant
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    Trade secrets... Polonium poisoning

    1 March 2014

    Secrets of the trade: Polonium is almost impossible to obtain, so how was it used to poison a Russian spy? Jonathan Hare investigates the strange case of Alexander Litvinenko

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    1 November 2012

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

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    Four Curie centennial elements

    1 March 2011

    The four Curie elements provide us with an interesting tour of the bottom of the periodic table

  • William Roentgen, who discovered x-rays

    Radium - a key element in early cancer treatment

    1 March 2011

    An early example of how blue skies research by Pierre and Marie Curie led to the treatment of previously incurable cancers

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    2012 – neutrino chemistry chaos

    1 January 2011

    On screen chemistry with Jonathan Hare

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    Ida Noddack and the missing elements

    1 March 2009

    Distinguished women chemists were rare in the early 20th century, but their contributions to chemistry are of great significance. Ida Noddack's scientific career centred around her intensive study of the Periodic Table, and resulted in her discovery, with husband Walter Noddack and physicist Otto Berg, of the metal rhenium, and ...

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    Dealing with nuclear waste

    1 March 2007

    Nuclear power is a low-carbon technology, but it does come with a catch: it produces waste that emits harmful radiation for many thousands, even millions of years. UK chemists, however, are working to produce materials and technology to deal with this problem.