IYPT 2019 Elements 013: Aluminium: Drinks cans and aeroplanes

March 19th, 2019|

The thirteenth element in our International year of the Periodic Table series is aluminium. The most abundant metal in Earth’s crust, aluminium finds use in drinks cans, aluminium foil, and aeroplane construction.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 012: Magnesium: sparklers, chlorophyll, and soothing sore muscles

March 15th, 2019|

Magnesium is element number 12 in our International Year of the Periodic Table elements series. It’s a key component of the pigment that plants use to photosynthesis, and also finds use in sparklers and fireworks.

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IYPT 2019 elements 011: Sodium: salt and streetlights

March 12th, 2019|

Element number 11 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is sodium. Found in salt, and responsible for the traditional yellow glow of streetlights, sodium is also an important element for the normal function of our bodies.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 010: Neon: The inert element of neon light fame

March 10th, 2019|

Here’s element 10 in our International Year of the Periodic Table element series: Neon. Best known for its use in neon lights, neon also finds use as a refrigerant. Its unreactive nature means it has no known stable compounds with other elements.

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International Women’s Day: Twelve more women from chemistry history

March 7th, 2019|

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8 March is International Women’s Day. In the past few years, Ci has featured graphics on women in chemistry to mark this occasion; first, this one on women in chemistry history, and last year this one on women in chemistry present. This year, here’s another edition, looking at twelve more underappreciated women from chemistry history.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 009: Fluorine: Non-stick pans and preventing tooth decay

March 5th, 2019|

We’re up to element number 9 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series: Fluorine. The most reactive element in the periodic table, fluorine finds uses in frying pans and toothpaste.

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