IYPT 2019 elements 011: Sodium: salt and streetlights

March 12th, 2019|

Element number 11 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is sodium. Found in salt, and responsible for the traditional yellow glow of streetlights, sodium is also an important element for the normal function of our bodies.


IYPT 2019 Elements 010: Neon: The inert element of neon light fame

March 10th, 2019|

Here’s element 10 in our International Year of the Periodic Table element series: Neon. Best known for its use in neon lights, neon also finds use as a refrigerant. Its unreactive nature means it has no known stable compounds with other elements.


International Women’s Day: Twelve more women from chemistry history

March 7th, 2019|

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8 March is International Women’s Day. In the past few years, Ci has featured graphics on women in chemistry to mark this occasion; first, this one on women in chemistry history, and last year this one on women in chemistry present. This year, here’s another edition, looking at twelve more underappreciated women from chemistry history.


IYPT 2019 Elements 009: Fluorine: Non-stick pans and preventing tooth decay

March 5th, 2019|

We’re up to element number 9 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series: Fluorine. The most reactive element in the periodic table, fluorine finds uses in frying pans and toothpaste.


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#ChemMonthly February 2019: Eight letter DNA, uranium from seawater, and infrared vision with nanoparticles

March 3rd, 2019|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on eye injections of nanoparticles giving mice infrared vision, artificial DNA with eight letters instead of the usual four, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.


IYPT 2019 Elements 008: Oxygen: respiration and rocket fuel

March 1st, 2019|

Element number 8 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is oxygen. Oxygen is a paramagnetic gas which is essential for respiration of living things, and also finds use as a rocket fuel.