IYPT 2019 Elements 056: Barium: Fireworks and X-rays

August 7th, 2019|

Element 56 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is barium. Barium is found in green fireworks, used in X-ray imaging, and also in drilling fluids.

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#ChemMonthly July 2019: The age of the Moon and combatting skunk stench

August 7th, 2019|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on isotope evidence showing the Moon is older than previously thought, a compound that can remove the stench of skunk spray, and more! Larger summary images for each item are provided below, along with links to articles and studies for all the featured stories.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 055: Caesium: Atomic clocks and explosive reactions

August 6th, 2019|

Element 55 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is caesium. Caesium is used in atomic clocks and is the most reactive metal in the periodic table.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 054: Xenon: Headlights and spacecraft propulsion

August 3rd, 2019|

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

August 1st, 2019|

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

July 31st, 2019|

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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 chemistry behind these varieties and how they transform during ageing.

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