IYPT 2019 Elements 031: Gallium: Reading discs and powering the Mars Rover

May 26th, 2019|

Element 31 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is gallium. Gallium is a low melting point metal; combined with arsenic it is used in some types of solar cells, and it’s also a key component of the lasers that read from Blu-ray discs.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 030: Zinc: Galvanising, cosmetics and treating colds

May 22nd, 2019|

Element 30 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is zinc. Commonly used to galvanise other metals, it’s found in cars and streetlights. Its compounds are used in sunscreens, cosmetics, and medicines.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 029: Copper: The Statue of Liberty and blue blood

May 21st, 2019|

Element 29 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is copper. Though it might not have copper’s characteristic orange-red colour, the Statue of Liberty is made of this metal, and it’s also found in our everyday lives in the wiring and electronic devices in our homes.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 028: Nickel: Toasters and coins

May 14th, 2019|

Nickel is element 28 in our International Year of the Periodic Table elements series. One of a select number of magnetic elements, it’s found in many of the coins of various currencies, and is also found in the heating elements in your oven and toaster.

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Today in Chemistry History: Dorothy Hodgkin and X-ray crystallography

May 12th, 2019|

Dorothy Hodgkin was born on this day in 1910. She’s famed as one of only four women to have won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and the only British woman to have done so. This graphic takes a look at the work that earned her the prize.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 027: Cobalt: Pigments, jet engines, and sterilisation

May 9th, 2019|

Element 27 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is cobalt, found in pigments, jet engines, and used in the sterilisation of medical equipment.

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