Justin Rowlatt is the host of Business Daily from the BBC World Service

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Features by Justin Rowlatt

Silicon: Imagine life without glass

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt looks at the economics behind chemical elements.
Posted In: elementals, elements
Miners pushing an ore car into the Grace tin and tungsten mine in Bolivia, circa 1945.

Tungsten: just try and smash it

The element that is behind lighting and writing.
Posted In: elements, Science
A big vat of fake chlorine

There's more to chlorine than just swimming pools

And actually, the "chlorine" in swimming pools isn't even chlorine.

Tin: The modern world's glue

The element that brought us beyond the Stone Age.
Posted In: elements, tin

Calcium: Not so good in high doses

Calcium is a fundamental building block in chemistry and in modern life.
Posted In: elements, calcium

The elements: Carbon's all around

Carbon is the ultimate bonder but in some forms, it can be dangerous. Carbon Monoxide can poison you. Carbon Dioxide is blamed by some for global warming.
Posted In: elements

Mercury: "The quixotic bad boy of the periodic table"

Our journey through the economics of elements checks out mercury.
Posted In: metals, elementals, gold

Gold: As dull as it is shiny

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt explains why gold became the precious metal pick of the litter
Posted In: gold

Aluminum: A paradox in an element

Aluminum or aluminium? Either way, it's useful.
Posted In: aluminum

Helium: Not Just the Stuff in Balloons

Helium is a valuable finite resource that is often wasted just for fun.
Posted In: healthcare, elements, natural resources, helium, global economy

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