9 episodes

Probably Manchester's best student-run science-themed radio show and podcast! Every episode is themed around a particular chemical element.

Presenters Fergus, Carys and Joe chat about what makes each element interesting and what it is used for, as well as playing science games and interviewing real-life scientists about their research.

Think science and fun repel like particles with the same electric charge? Think again!

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Probably Manchester's best student-run science-themed radio show and podcast! Every episode is themed around a particular chemical element.

Presenters Fergus, Carys and Joe chat about what makes each element interesting and what it is used for, as well as playing science games and interviewing real-life scientists about their research.

Think science and fun repel like particles with the same electric charge? Think again!

    S1E9 - Episode #9 - Mercury

    S1E9 - Episode #9 - Mercury

    Joe and Fergus chat about all things mercury and find that there's much more to it than just thermometers!


    It's been used since ancient times - some thought it was the key to eternal life, despite its poisonous nature.


    Find out more in this week's episode.

    • 33 min
    S1E8 - Episode #8 - Uranium

    S1E8 - Episode #8 - Uranium

    In this episode we welcome Colby to talk about nuclear power. Could it be the solution to the climate emergency?


    We also discuss a darker side of uranium - nuclear weapons - and play Science Fact or Science Fiction and Secret Scientist.

    • 34 min
    S1E7 - Episode #7 - Fluorine & Chlorine

    S1E7 - Episode #7 - Fluorine & Chlorine

    We've got a double whammy for you this week! Fluorine and Chlorine are elemental cousins. They're both halogens, highly reactive elements that sit in the penultimate column of the periodic table.


    In this episode, we talk about why fluorine is added to water and chlorine's deadly use as a chemical weapon.


    Plus the usual games or Science Fact or Science Fiction and Secret Scientist!

    • 33 min
    S1E6 - Episode #6 - Carbon

    S1E6 - Episode #6 - Carbon

    Carbon, element number 6, is the basis of all known lifeforms.


    The carbon cycle is a process which shows how carbon is reused and recycled throughout the Earth's ecosystem. But humans are messing with the system - we're releasing extra carbon dioxide into the system through burning foosil fuels, and chopping down forests which absorb CO2.


    Our presenters chat about why this is a problem and what needs to be done to fix it.


    We also interview the amazing Alice, who has previously worked in zoos on conservation related public engagement.

    • 34 min
    S1E5 - Episode #5 - Arsenic

    S1E5 - Episode #5 - Arsenic

    It's been called the king of poisons and poison of kings, but did you know that arsenic is used in car batteries and semiconductors? Or that it is an essential dietary requirement for hamsters?


    This week Carys and Joe are joined by guest host Elizabeth to chat about the toxic element.


    They also play the usual games: "Science Fact or Science Fiction?" and "Secret Scientist".

    • 28 min
    S1E4 - Episode #4 - Iron

    S1E4 - Episode #4 - Iron

    Fergus, Carys and and guest host William discuss iron.


    Iron has been used to make tools for thousands of years, but it also is vitally important for transporting oxygen around your body.


    "In The News" also makes a return appearance and, as always, there's a game of "Science Fact or Science Fiction?"

    • 25 min

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