Interactive Links


Bowling with isotopes
What are isotopes? In this short video Professor Jane Evans compares bowling balls to isotopes and explains how their study can tell us the age of rocks as well as information about our own ancestry.
The radioactive orchestra
The Radioactive Orchestra is an artistic, musical and pedagogical project about creating music using radioactive isotopes. In collaboration with nuclear physicists Bo Cederwall and Torbjörn Bäck, music producer Axel Boman and media artist Kristofer Hagbard have created musical algorithms based on the scientists’ models of how radiation is emitted from various isotopes.
Videos explaining properties of the elements
This periodic table has a short video about each chemical element. All the videos were created by video journalist Brady Haran, featuring real working chemists from the University of Nottingham.
'DEBTox' is a modelling approach that analyses how the Dynamic Energy Budget of organisms is altered when they are exposed to contaminants. STAR's Elke Zimmer explains what it is and why it makes sense?
Chemical mixtures in the environment
Radioactive substances in the environment almost always occur together with other types of contaminants, such as metals or organic contaminants. One of the main research topics of STAR has been to study if the effects of radioactives are increased or decreased in the presence of other contaminants; a huge task! This film explains the approaches that are being used in STAR.
Biotic Ligand Model (BLM)
Biotic Ligand Modelling is a tool to assess the bioavailability of metals to aquatic organisms. The STAR project has been using it to investigate bioavailability of radionuclides. Steve Lofts from CEH, UK, explains more.
The advanced soil geochemical atlas of England and Wales
This atlas describes soil geochemistry for 53 stable elements. It is the outcome of research conducted between the British geological survey (BGS) and Rothamstead Research and published with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It contains a summary, summary statistics and descriptions of the spatial distribution of each element within England and Wales. An ebook is also available.
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Radiation is a fact of life
Radiation is a fact of life: A slide show on radiation sources from the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA).
A DGT Technique for Plutonium Bioavailability Measurements

The technique of diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) is proposed for speciation studies of plutonium. This video protocol describes diffusion experiments probing the behavior of Pu(IV) and Pu(V) in presence of organic matter. DGTs deployed in a karstic spring allow assessment of the bioavailability of Pu.

Date Published: 11/09/2015, Issue 105; doi: 10.3791/53188