Have We Reached the Shores of the Island of Stability?

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has ratified four new elements to be officially added to the periodic table. The newly accepted names will be for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118. As of 2016, these new elements will be known as Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennesine and Oganesson. These new additions mean that the seventh row … Continue reading Have We Reached the Shores of the Island of Stability?

The Two Most Heat Resistant Materials in the World

A new record has been set for the world’s most heat resistant material. Tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide materials have been found able to withstand temperatures approaching 4000°C. A team from Imperial College London made the discovery, finding that the melting point of hafnium carbide in particular is the highest ever to be recorded. This may have interesting applications … Continue reading The Two Most Heat Resistant Materials in the World