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Yuri Oganessian

What it takes to make a new element


Yuri Oganessian tells us how nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson were made


Atom-by-atom experiments at the edge of the periodic table


Only a few atoms of oganesson have ever been made –  and they all vanished in less time than it took you to read this

Hero illustration showing question marks with different forms of chemical elements as dots

What is an element?


Our understanding of what an element is has evolved over the years, but it’s still a tricky concept to nail down. Philip Ball investigates

Marie Curie (circa 1915) with a group of cameramen on board a ship

Marie Curie, the migrant chemist


150 years after Marie Curie’s birth, Mike Sutton delves into her life and research

Goldsmiths coin

Meet the guardians of gold

By Elinor Hughes

Elinor Hughes visits Goldsmiths’ assay office

The search for life


Royal Society of Chemistry Periodic table app

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