All Nuclear chemistry and radioactivity articles

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    Magnificent molecules

    Dioxygen difluoride

    2019-08-23T10:41:00Z

    An explosion waiting to happen

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    Feature

    When experiments don't go to plan

    2019-07-26T10:02:00Z

    From Bakelite to Super glue, how unintended results can be useful

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    Feature

    The hunt is on

    2018-02-13T12:15:00Z

    Japanese element hunters are trying to extend the periodic table

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    Magnificent molecules

    Caesium chloride

    2017-11-15T09:35:00Z

    A versatile compound used in cancer treatment, solar cells and even making beer

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    Modern-day alchemists

    2016-10-17T00:00:00Z

    Sam Tracey visits Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to find out how to make a new element

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    Nuclear decommissioning: turning waste into wealth

    This context/problem-based learning (C/PBL) resource is part of a collection we have commissioned for you to use with your undergraduate students. This 5 credit module is based on the following scenario: Your students will consider the management of a nuclear decommissioning project with a focus on adding value ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Peter Ivanov

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Peter Ivanov explains what it is like to work as a radiochemist. He describes the role of solvent extraction ...

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    Waste to wealth videos: Martin Freer

    This resource forms part of a collection of videos that aims to provide undergraduate students with insights into what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. In these videos Martin Freer explains what it is like to work in the nuclear industry. He describes some of the issues ...

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    Beryllium

    2015-11-06T00:00:00Z

    Sometimes beautiful, sometimes useful, always deadly

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    Chemistry's interfaces: geochemical

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    This C/PBL resource is an introduction to geochemistry in the context of the geological and archaeological record. It is based on the following question: What would the geochemical record of human activities and civilisation be in the geochemical record of the future?

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    Defining the age of a rock or cave painting

    Discover how it is possible to date rock and cave paintings, using science.

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    Elements

    Samarium

    2015-07-03T00:00:00Z

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

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    Photoacoustic nanoparticles highlight uranium

    2015-07-03T00:00:00Z

    New approach could detect radioparticles in the body

  • Sodium street lamps
    Elements

    Sodium

    2015-05-11T00:00:00Z

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

  • A cartoon scientist working on a super-strength solution
    The Mole

    Comic chemistry

    2015-03-01T12:31:00Z

    For some it’s the source of their powers, for others their only weakness. Ben Valsler explores the chemical story at the heart of many comic book characters

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    Is thorium the perfect fuel?

    2014-05-08T00:00:00Z

    Mike Follows discusses the advantages nuclear reactors fuelled by liquid thorium salts may offer over the ones currently used to power homes and businesses

  • The Visual Elements symbol for holmium
    Elements

    Holmium

    2014-03-06T00:00:00Z

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

  • The Chernobyl nuclear power plant
    The Mole

    Trade secrets... Polonium poisoning

    2014-03-01T16:24:00Z

    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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    The Ri Christmas Lectures®: Radioactivity

    This resource contains ideas and materials to help teach and explore the topic of Radioactivity - in particular, how the decay of elements causes one to become another. Video: Radioactivity video Video: The Cloud Chamber video

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    Lithium

    2012-11-01T00:00:00Z

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