109, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 064: Gadolinium: MRI scanning, magnetic fridges and diamond simulant

September 1st, 2019|

Element 64 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is gadolinium. Gadolinium and its compounds are used in MRI imaging, magnetic refrigerators, and as diamond simulants.

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2708, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 063: Europium: Banknotes and colour TV screens

August 27th, 2019|

Element 63 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is europium. Europium is, appropriately, found in Euro banknotes, and also gives some of the colours in phone and TV screens.

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2408, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 062: Samarium: Guitar pickups and rock dating

August 24th, 2019|

Element 62 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is samarium. Samarium is found in guitar pick-ups and can also be used to date rocks and meteorites.

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2108, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 061: Promethium: Scarcity and atomic batteries

August 21st, 2019|

Element 61 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is promethium. Only trace amounts of promethium form naturally, which limit its applications, though it has previously been trialled in atomic batteries.

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1808, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 060: Neodymium: Headphones, speakers, and tanning booths

August 18th, 2019|

Element 60 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is neodymium. Neodymium is used in powerful magnets found in a variety of everyday products. It’s also used in lasers for eye surgery.

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1608, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 059: Praseodymium: Aircraft engines and fibre optics

August 16th, 2019|

Element 59 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is praseodymium. Praseodymium is used in aircraft engine alloys, and it also found in some fibre optic cables.

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