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1604, 2019

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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1104, 2019

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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1004, 2019

#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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904, 2019

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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604, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 018: Argon: Windows and lightbulbs

April 6th, 2019|

Best known for being everyone’s favourite chemistry pun (“all the good chemistry jokes argon”), argon is the next element in our International Year of the Periodic Table series. Though it’s an invisible gas, it pops up in a number of places in our everyday lives.

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404, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 017: Chlorine: Swimming pools and chemical weapons

April 4th, 2019|

Here’s element number 17, chlorine, in our International Year of the Periodic Table series with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Chlorine is essential for safe drinking water, but also has a history of use in chemical warfare.

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