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Tin: A surprisingly modern metal

We look at this cheap and malleable metal with the help of two very venerable chemists.

Our charismatic expert in all things chemical, Andrea Sella of University College London, explains the unique chemical properties of tin, at possibly the most glamorous tin location in London.

We discover tin's many weird properties - including its cry, a very rare disease and occasional whiskers. We learn about the metal's role in plastics and electronics, and ask whether our gadgets are at risk of malfunctioning in cold weather.

And we visit a huge glass factory as we find out how tin revolutionised window manufacturing.

  • 07 Mar 2014