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IYPT 2019 Elements 080: Mercury: Liquid metal and potent poison

Element 80 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is mercury. Mercury is the only metal which is liquid at room temperature and has a reputation for toxicity.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 079: Gold: Food additive and arthritis treatment

Element 79 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is gold. Gold compounds have been used to treat arthritis in the past. Gold is also used as a food additive and found in large quantities dissolved in the oceans.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 078: Platinum: Cancer drugs and catalysts

Element 78 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is platinum. Platinum is found in compounds used as key anti-cancer drugs and it also one of several metals used in catalytic converters.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 077: Iridium: Compasses, spark plugs, and the clue to dinosaur extinction

Element 77 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is iridium. Iridium is used in pen tips, compasses and spark plugs, and provides a key clue to what wiped out the dinosaurs.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 076: Osmium: Fountain pens and microscopy

Element 76 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is osmium. Osmium is the densest element in the periodic table and is used in fountain pens and microscopy.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 075: Rhenium: Superalloys and making lead-free petrol

Element 75 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is rhenium. Rhenium is used in superalloys in jet engine parts and is also used in the process for making lead-free petrol.