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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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Nobel Prizes

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: The batteries that power our phones and laptops

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for their contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Cosmology and discovering new planets

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to with one half to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology”, and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.

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The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine: How our cells sense and adapt to oxygen levels

Today saw the first of the 2019 Nobel Prizes awarded. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.” This graphic takes a look at the prize-winning research.

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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.