heavy metals

  • Lead in the air ends up in our bones throughout history

    Italian remains show that people have been breathing in lead for thousands of years

    A study has traced lead concentrations in human bones between 400 and 12,000 years in age, finding that the amount of...

    Archaeology August 16, 2021
  • Alice Hamilton hates heavy metal

    This medical pioneer deplored the devastating effects of leaded petrol when it was first introduc...

    In the early 1920s, scientists from a wide range of disciplines were involved in what the United States Environmental...

    Features July 25, 2021
  • Colossal cataclysm may explain mystery star

    Magneto-rotational hypernova could answer a 13-billion-year-old mystery.

    Australian-led researchers believe they have found evidence for a new type of stellar explosion – a magneto-rotationa...

    Astrophysics July 8, 2021
  • Heavy metal space rock

    Scientists unexpectedly find heavy metal vapours in comets both near and far.

    For the first time, astronomers have detected traces of heavy metals in the atmospheres of comets – both those whizzi...

    Astronomy May 20, 2021
  • Source of heavy metals in beer and wine

    Material linked to arsenic, lead and cadmium contamination.

    Health officials around the world are on the lookout for contaminants in food and beverages, and studies from as far ...

    Chemistry February 20, 2019
  • Galactic 'superwinds' fling heavy metals into deep space

    It turns out galaxies throw out star-building and planet-producing materials. Belinda Smith reports.

    Spiral galaxies such as the Milky Way are shown in the centre, surrounded by the circumgalactic medium (black). But t...

    Space June 6, 2016