It turns out that the world is about 4,600,000,000 years old. That’s 4.6 billion years. That’s pretty old!
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The world is made of tiny building blocks called ‘elements’. Scientists have worked out how fast some elements change into other elements. That gives us a very big clue about how old the Earth is.
The periodic table of the elements on a T-shirt.
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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?
Chemistry is all around us.
Our civilisation is built on chemistry, and the science has a bright future, with the launch of a new Decadal Plan that will steer the science into the future.
New elements were discovered in early thermonuclear bomb tests.
New elements found in the reactions of nuclear tests during World War II sparked the hunt for additions to the periodic table.
The expanding periodic table of elements.
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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.
The ALICE detector at the Large Hadron Collider may help unravel some of nature’s grestest mysteries.
Our panel of experts speculate on which of science’s biggest questions could be answered in the coming months.
Element 117 is unofficially named ununseptium which is Latin for 117.
The hunt for long-lived superheavy elements has taken another leap forward now we’ve confirmed the existence of Element 117, also known as ununseptium. It was first seen briefly by a team of US and Russian…