IYPT 2019 Elements 059: Praseodymium: Aircraft engines and fibre optics

August 16th, 2019|

Element 59 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is praseodymium. Praseodymium is used in aircraft engine alloys, and it also found in some fibre optic cables.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 058: Cerium: Lighters, ovens and diesel

August 13th, 2019|

Element 58 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is cerium. Cerium is the main metal in lighter flints, and is also found in ovens and diesel fuel.

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The chemistry of henna

August 12th, 2019|

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha started on Sunday evening and runs through until Thursday. As part of the celebrations, some create impressively intricate art on their hands using henna. Here we take a look at the molecules in henna that allow it to be used as a dye, and how this process works.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 057: Lanthanum: Camera lenses, hybrid vehicles, and swimming pools

August 11th, 2019|

Element 57 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is lanthanum. The first of the lanthanoid series of elements, lanthanum and its compounds find use in camera lenses, hybrid vehicles, and swimming pools.

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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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