1107, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 043: Technetium: The periodic table’s first artificial element

July 11th, 2019|

Element 43 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is technetium. The periodic table’s first artificially created element, its radioactivity allows it to be used in medical imaging.

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907, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 042: Molybdenum: Alloys, lubricants and enzymes

July 9th, 2019|

Element 42 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is molybdenum. Found in steel and used in lubricants in some engines, it’s also found in enzymes in our bodies that help us process sulfites in various foods.

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807, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 041: Niobium: Particle accelerators and corrective glasses

July 8th, 2019|

Element 41 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is niobium. A hypoallergenic metal, it’s found in superconducting magnets in particle accelerators, as well as in the glasses many of us wear to correct our vision.

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3006, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 040: Zirconium: Jewellery, ceramic knives, and nuclear power

June 30th, 2019|

Element 40 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is zirconium. Its compounds are commonly used in jewellery to simulate diamonds, and in ceramic knives. It also finds use in nuclear power stations.

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2306, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 039: Yttrium: Camera lenses and white LEDs

June 23rd, 2019|

Element 39 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is yttrium. One of a number of elements discovered in the mines at Ytterby, Sweden, yttrium is found in camera lenses, some mock gemstones, and white LEDs.

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2106, 2019

IYPT 2019 Elements 038: Strontium: Glow-in-the-dark paint and reducing tooth sensitivity

June 21st, 2019|

Element 38 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is strontium. Named after Strontian, a village in Scotland where it was discovered, strontium finds use in glow-in-the-dark paints and in toothpastes.

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