• 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
  • Metal lodes may be hidden deep

    Geologists identify structural lines with real potential.

    Scientists have discovered structural lines around 170 kilometres below the Earth’s surface they say appear to signal...

    Earth July 2, 2020
  • Arctic ice reveals 1500 years of progress

    Lead concentrations tell a story of human environment.

    Lead concentrations trapped in Arctic ice cores parallel periods of growth and technological progress across centurie...

    Earth Sciences July 8, 2019
  • Car exhaust exposure impact on mental health

    Childhood blood lead levels predict psychological outcomes.

    Exposure to atmospheric lead during childhood results in lifelong mental health deficits, a 30-year study has found. ...

    People March 31, 2019
  • Swarms of tiny robots clean polluted water

    Water contaminated with heavy metals such as lead poses huge risks to public health and ecosystem...

    An artist's diagram of a lead-scrubbing bot. Lead clings to the graphene oxide layer, which has a hexagonal structure...

    Technology April 18, 2016
  • Link between lead and violent crime

    Lead exposure in children increases aggressive behaviour.

    Young adults exposed to high levels of lead as children are more likely to become aggressive and commit violent crime...

    Biology February 18, 2016
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