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IYPT 2019 Elements 098: Californium: Nuclear reactors and aircraft corrosion detection

Element 98 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is californium. Californium is used to help start up nuclear reactors, in oil wells, and is also used to detect corrosion in aircraft parts.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 097: Berkelium: A short-lived target for making new elements

Element 97 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is berkelium. Berkelium is short on applications but is used as a target in the production of even heavier elements.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 096: Curium: Radioactivity and space probe spectrometers

Element 96 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is curium. Curium’s radioactivity limits its uses – but also enables its use as a source of alpha particles in space probe spectrometers.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 095: Americium: Smoke detectors and space battery alternative

Element 95 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is americium. Americium is used in home smoke detectors and could also be used as an alternative to plutonium in space probes in the future.

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

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

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.