Alongside their famous dangers, radioactive materials have many beneficial uses. With as many more predicted as have already been discovered, nuclear physicists are searching for more isotopes.
Rare earth elements aren't actually that rare - but they certainly are useful. Erbium is used right now in the internet's optical fibre network, and could one day be applied in quantum networks.
Until the recent observation of merging neutron stars, how the heaviest elements come to be was a mystery. But their fingerprints are all over this cosmic collision.
Boron is the hidden ingredient in a lot of our technology. Get to know this plucky little element.
The periodic table is one of the classic images of science that is found in labs as well as on t-shirts, mugs, even set to music. But what exactly is the periodic table?
From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
iPhones, Boeing 787s, Teslas and a whole host of other technologies all rely on rare metals – so much so that a new era beckons.
As four new chemical elements are named, here's all you need to know.
Some 18 elements have had placeholder names derived from the Latin to stop scientists fighting over what their discoveries should be called.
Chemicals have a bad rap these days. But the fact is that everything is made of chemicals. Here are some of the chemicals at work in your kitchen.
New elements found in the reactions of nuclear tests during World War II sparked the hunt for additions to the periodic table.
They might only last for a fraction of a second but four new elements have finally won their place in the periodic table. The hunt is now on to find even more.