1811, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 094: Plutonium: Nuclear weapons and space probe power source

November 18th, 2019|

Element 94 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is plutonium. Plutonium is used in nuclear weapons and has also powered famous space probes in journeys out of our solar system.

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1711, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 093: Neptunium: Radioactivity and smoke detector byproduct

November 17th, 2019|

Element 93 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is neptunium. Neptunium is a radioactive metal with few uses – though it is found in smoke detectors, and is also predicted to have the largest liquid range of any element.

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1611, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 092: Uranium: Nuclear power, bombs, and weaponry

November 16th, 2019|

Element 92 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is uranium. Uranium fuels nuclear power plants and has also been used in nuclear bombs and armour-piercing weaponry.

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1211, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 091: Protactinium: Scarcity and geological dating

November 12th, 2019|

Element 91 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is protactinium. Protactinium is a scarce and radioactive element which finds use in the dating of sediments.

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1011, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 090: Thorium: Gaslights and future nuclear power

November 10th, 2019|

Element 90 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is thorium. Thorium was used in streetlights before the advent of electricity and might be used in a number of countries to generate it in the future in nuclear reactors.

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911, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 089: Actinium: Blue glow and cancer treatment

November 9th, 2019|

Element 89 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is actinium. The first of the actinide series of elements, actinium is radioactive, scarce, and has few uses – though has been investigated for uses in cancer treatment.

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