Infographic: Sustainable Technology

Recently the Chinese government published a white paper stating the current status and possible future outcome of its rare earth minerals industry – it wasn’t good news. There are several huge challenges that face the industry and need to be rectified in the near future if we want to continue to use rare earth minerals. […]

The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance by Eric Scerri

Did a Frenchman beat Mendeleev to the periodic table? ‘Credit for the periodic table of the elements generally goes to Dimitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, but a specialist in the history and philosophy of chemistry says the Russian chemist probably peeked at the work of predecessors. In his new book, “The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its […]

The Discovery (or Creation?) of Element 118

Livermore scientists team with Russia to discover element 118. ‘Scientists from the Chemistry, Materials and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from Dubna, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Russia , have discovered the newest superheavy element, element 118. n experiments conducted at the JINR U400 cyclotron […]

About the Importance of Fluorine

Fabulous Fluorine. ‘Having fluorine in life sciences molecules brings desirable benefits, but the trick is getting it in place and making sought-after building blocks. Fluorine can be highly advantageous in pharmaceutical and agrochemical compounds. One or just a few atoms in an organic molecule can dramatically alter its chemical and biological nature, including its stability, […]

Fluorine: Good or Evil?

Toxic waste chemicals are disposed of by feeding to humans, then calling it fluoride. ‘If I told you you could have great-looking skin by eating skin cream, you’d think I was crazy, but that’s exactly what dentists are telling you when they say people should ingest fluoride in order to improve the health of their […]