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This is a new and unique feature on Elements which is now being regularly published every month. Behind every element are stories from how it was discovered, the scientists behind the element to the stories on its amazing developments and applications. This feature will bring you very interesting and not widely known nuggets behind every element.

Iron – A workhorse of an element

From playing the role of a vital building block of steel to helping produce chlorophyll in plants and in carrying oxygen in the blood...

Chlorine – Toxic, but surprisingly useful

Chlorine, the second lightest of the halogens is more closely linked to our everyday lives than most people think. It does more than just...

Boron – Not boring, but complex and versatile

Boron, the fifth element of the Periodic Table, is one of its unsung heroes, but a hero all the same. Unfortunately, overshadowed by its...
Nitrogen

Nitrogen – The life-essential element

Much like Oxygen and Carbon, the seventh element of the periodic table – Nitrogen – is also a crucial, life-supporting substance. Nitrogen is a...

Lithium – Powering today’s technology

Once an element with limited known uses, today lithium, the first metal of the periodic table and also its lightest metal (density around half...

Mercury – Shiny liquid metal with a dark side

Mercury, the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature, has fascinated people right from ancient civilisations and alchemists to the scientists of...

Silicon – High-tech element of the information age

First, we had the stone age. Then came the bronze age, followed by the iron age. And now, we’re in the information age. Or...

Aluminium – Once elusive, now a prized metal

Behind every element are stories on how it was discovered, on the scientists behind the element and the stories on its amazing developments and applications....

Carbon – The multi-faceted wonder element

Carbon, the wondrous element with amazing properties, forms the foundation for all known life forms on earth. Carbon atoms are the major component of many important substances...

Oxygen – The life-sustaining element

The first element of Group 16 of the periodic table, oxygen is the element on which our very existence on earth depends. Humans and...

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