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IYPT Elements

IYPT 2019 Elements 106 & 107: Seaborgium & Bohrium

Elements 106 and 107 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are seaborgium and bohrium. Once again, these elements were subject to naming squabbles and both ended up being named after famous scientists – though not without some controversy.

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IYPT Elements

IYPT 2019 Elements 104 & 105: Rutherfordium & Dubnium

Elements 104 and 105 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are rutherfordium and dubnium. Both are synthetic elements, and American and Russian scientists squabbled over who discovered them and what to call them.

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IYPT Elements

IYPT 2019 Elements 101: Mendelevium: The element named after the father of the periodic table

Element 101 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is mendelevium, most notable for being named after the father of the modern periodic table.

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Biochemistry Food Chemistry

The chemistry of spinach: the iron myth and ‘spinach teeth’

“Spinach is a good source of iron” – a myth, but a surprisingly persistent one. The story behind the myth and the chemistry that debunks it are fascinating. Here we look at both, as well as the chemical explanation behind the ‘spinach teeth’ phenomenon.

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Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of a football shirt – World Cup 2018 final edition

It’s the World Cup final between France and Croatia today! Here’s an updated version of the chemistry of football shirts post, taking a look at the polymeric materials that make up a shirt.  

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C&EN Materials Chemistry

The chemistry of slime – in C&EN

The slime-making craze is sweeping school and homes worldwide, and shows no signs of stopping. This edition of Periodic Graphics in Chemical & Engineering News looks at the ingredients and the science behind slime’s gooey properties. You can view the full graphic on the C&EN site here.