Properties, sources and uses of the element iridium.
All matter is composed of fundamental substances called elements. Depending on the combination of elements, the result is a different material, with different characteristics. And while some elements are naturally occurring, others are only now being realized as they are created inside particle accelerators. Here are all the latest discoveries and developments to help you keep up with the fascinating world of elements.
The superheavy elements were named after regions on three continents, with one honoring a famous nuclear physicist.
Helium is more than just fun and games: it is also a scarce industrial resource with important uses in technology and medicine, and scientists are still learning about its strange properties.
Motörhead fans still mourning the death of the band's singer, songwriter and bassist, Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister, are seeking commemoration for the rock icon in an unusual location — the periodic table.
After a long hiatus, the periodic table of the elements has finally gotten a new update, adding four new elements to its roster and completing its seventh row.
Plutonium is a metal, but it won't stick to a magnet, puzzling scientists for decades. Now researchers may have found this "missing magnetism."
Fireworks in purple, blue and red owe their vibrant displays to elements now coursing through your blood stream.
Researchers have found that the vast majority of brimstone — reverently referred to in biblical times as "burning stone," but now known more commonly as sulfur — dwells deep in the Earth's core.