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IYPT 2019 Elements 054: Xenon: Headlights and spacecraft propulsion

Element 54 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is xenon. Xenon is used in some car headlights, to propel some satellites and spacecraft, and also in some types of medical imaging.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 053: Iodine: Seaweed and LCD screens

Element 53 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is iodine. This element is found in (and can be extracted from) seaweed, and is also used in LCD screens in phones and televisions.

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Port wine chemistry: Types, colours, ageing and flavours

Port’s often relegated to the festive period, and forgotten about for the rest of the year (at least, in the UK). Which is a shame, as if you look beyond the standard ruby port, there are several other delicious types, particularly the varieties that are aged for longer periods of time. There’s also some interesting […]

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IYPT 2019 Elements 052: Tellurium: Solar cells, discs and photocopiers

Element 52 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is tellurium. This element is found in some types of solar cells, DVD and Blu-Ray discs, and photocopiers.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 051: Antimony: Ancient eyeliner and bullets

Element 51 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is antimony. Used in antiquity as eyeliner and mascara, today antimony finds uses in fire retardants, car batteries and bullets.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 050: Tin: The Oscars, tin cans, and window glass

Element 50 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is tin. Tin was formerly used in the statuettes awarded at the Oscars, and is used to make window glass. It’s also found in eponymous tin cans.