Boric Acid

Boric Acid is an element that has made its way into the limelight this weekend. Image kindly reproduced according to the licence at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boric-acid-2D.png Image kindly reporduced according to the licence at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boric-acid-3D-vdW.png The people of Japan have been hit by a huge natural disaster. First the earthquake, then the devastating tsunami that followed. However, a third disaster is facing the country and this time it is man made. At the time of writing, there have been two explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear ...

Rare Earth’s – Ytterbium

  Ytterbium, Yb, atomic number 70 and is the least abundant of the rare earth elements, although, it is twice as abundant as tin! Discovered by the Swiss chemist Marignac in 1878 who discovered a new substance erbia and named it ytterbia after after Ytterby, the Swedish village close to where Marignac discovered the element. It is used as a gamma ray source, to dope stainless steel and stress gauges to measure earthquakes and explosions. By Jumping cheese at English Wikipedia , via ...