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IYPT 2019 elements 011: Sodium: salt and streetlights

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

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

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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IYPT 2019 Elements 008: Oxygen: respiration and rocket fuel

Element number 8 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is oxygen. Oxygen is a paramagnetic gas which is essential for respiration of living things, and also finds use as a rocket fuel.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 007: Nitrogen, the element that feeds the world

We’re up to element 7 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series: Nitrogen. This element was feeding the world long before Band Aid made it cool, and also makes up the bulk of the air that surrounds us.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 006: Carbon: diamonds, pencils and life

Here’s element number six, carbon, in the series of element graphics I’m producing with the Royal Society of Chemistry for the International Year of the Periodic Table.