IYPT 2019 Elements 079: Gold: Food additive and arthritis treatment

October 17th, 2019|

Element 79 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is gold. Gold compounds have been used to treat arthritis in the past. Gold is also used as a food additive and found in large quantities dissolved in the oceans.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 078: Platinum: Cancer drugs and catalysts

October 14th, 2019|

Element 78 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is platinum. Platinum is found in compounds used as key anti-cancer drugs and it also one of several metals used in catalytic converters.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 077: Iridium: Compasses, spark plugs, and the clue to dinosaur extinction

October 13th, 2019|

Element 77 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is iridium. Iridium is used in pen tips, compasses and spark plugs, and provides a key clue to what wiped out the dinosaurs.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 076: Osmium: Fountain pens and microscopy

October 10th, 2019|

Element 76 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is osmium. Osmium is the densest element in the periodic table and is used in fountain pens and microscopy.

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The batteries that power our phones and laptops

October 9th, 2019|

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Cosmology and discovering new planets

October 8th, 2019|

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.

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