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How can I watch without using YouTube?

We're aware many schools block YouTube videos.

We've got some advice about what to do at this link.

Can I get these on DVD?

We've had many people ask for these films on DVD. We're looking into making these available and will keep you posted. Drop us an email if you're interested.

Now you've covered every element, are you stopping?

Not at all. We're updating all the videos with new information and demonstrations, and produce many other films about molecules and other chemistry stuff. We often upload 2-3 new videos a week.

The best way to keep up with new films is subscribe on YouTube (it's free - click here) or just keep coming back to this site.

And there are always extra updates and latest news on our Twitter, Facebook and Brady's blog.

Can I watch these films with subtitles or captions?

Yes, this option is available on a large number of our YouTube films and in various langauges. More details can be found at our captions page.

How can I get some elements and do this myself?

We don't recommend it.

Although the people in these videos are clearly having fun, they are trained scientists and know exactly what they are doing. Many of the elements are very dangerous if not used properly and we discourage anyone from replicating any of the demonstrations carried out.

As they say in the classics: "Don't try this at home".

Who is the guy with the crazy hair?

Martyn Poliakoff, CBE, is a research professor at the University of Nottingham. His latest area of expertise is green chemistry. You can see more great videos from him at our sister site Test Tube.

How did this all start?

It was the idea of video journalist Brady Haran, who had been making various films with scientists in Nottingham (see Test Tube).

He approached Professor Poliakoff, who loved the idea and almost immediately started reeling off great stories and information from the top of his head.

Other scientists from the university chemistry department have also helped in their areas of expertise.

Here's an article about how we started.

Anything else?

Brady would like to dedicate this site to his high school chemistry teacher Mr Dunaiski, who inspired his fascination with the periodic table. Hopefully this makes up for his not following a career in science!?

And a massive thanks to Kylie for suffering his obsession with editing all the videos.

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