IYPT 2019 Elements 042: Molybdenum: Alloys, lubricants and enzymes

July 9th, 2019|

Element 42 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is molybdenum. Found in steel and used in lubricants in some engines, it’s also found in enzymes in our bodies that help us process sulfites in various foods.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 041: Niobium: Particle accelerators and corrective glasses

July 8th, 2019|

Element 41 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is niobium. A hypoallergenic metal, it’s found in superconducting magnets in particle accelerators, as well as in the glasses many of us wear to correct our vision.

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#IYPT2019: The periodic table of element Scrabble scores

July 7th, 2019|

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Which element name will get you the highest score in a game of Scrabble? That’s the question that inspired this slightly frivolous graphic, which looks at how many points each of the elements’ names will bag you in the word-building board game.

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#ChemMonthly June 2019: Converting blood types, snail-inspired glue and strange bonds in Uranus

July 3rd, 2019|

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Here’s the monthly summary of chemistry stories that have hit the news. This month features news on a way to convert A type blood to O type blood, how magnets can enhance hydrogen production from water, 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 040: Zirconium: Jewellery, ceramic knives, and nuclear power

June 30th, 2019|

Element 40 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is zirconium. Its compounds are commonly used in jewellery to simulate diamonds, and in ceramic knives. It also finds use in nuclear power stations.

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What’s your biodegradable coffee cup made of – and how biodegradable is it?

June 26th, 2019|

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Has your local coffee shop recently switched to biodegradable cups? Or maybe your workplace canteen has made the switch to biodegradable cutlery? Perhaps the plastic packaging of your favourite magazine is now a biodegradable wrapper? You might wonder what materials are behind these biodegradable products, and exactly how much better they are for the environment than the materials they’ve replaced. Here, we explore these biodegradable plastics, and how they stack up against conventional ones.

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