IYPT 2019 Elements 023: Vanadium: Hardened steel and yellow blood

April 24th, 2019|

Element 23 in our International Year of the Periodic Table elements series is vanadium. Vanadium is found in some steels to improve their hardness and is also behind the yellow blood of some animals.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 022: Titanium: Sunscreens and space stations

April 18th, 2019|

Element 22 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is titanium. A key component of many sunscreens, titanium is also found in the parts of the International Space Station, as well as in artificial joints.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 021: Scandium: Lamps, light alloys, and leaks

April 16th, 2019|

The latest in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is scandium, our first foray into the d block elements. Scandium is used in lamps for film and photography, in strong but lightweight alloys for jets and sports equipment, and to detect leaks in underground pipes.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 020: Calcium: Teeth, bones and cheese

April 11th, 2019|

Element 20 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series with the Royal Society of Chemistry is calcium. Found in the body in our bones and teeth, calcium also pops up in cheese-making and construction work.

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#ChemMonthly March 2019: The world’s smallest periodic table, why lemons are sour, and stir bar contamination

April 10th, 2019|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a new record for the world’s smallest periodic table, how stir bar contamination could affect chemical reactions in laboratories across the world, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 019: Potassium: Soaps and radioactive bananas

April 9th, 2019|

Element number 19 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is potassium – used to make soaps, and also the reason that bananas are radioactive.

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