Radioactive symbol on a metal plate
Chemistry

Radioactive Decay: Kinds and Properties

November 3, 2021

After radioactive elements in minerals were studied, it didn’t take long for research on various kinds of radioactive decay to begin. There are three distinct kinds of radioactive decay: alpha, beta, and gamma. […]

An illustration of an atom’s fusion
Chemistry

Nuclear Fusion: Combining of Two Nuclei

November 1, 2021

Nuclear fusion is what transpires in the Sun and other stars. The nuclei of two hydrogen atoms fuse under extreme pressure and heat to form helium atoms. Nuclear fusion is also used in making hydrogen bombs. […]

Illustration of a chain of decay
Chemistry

Atomic Chain of Decay Due to Half-Life

October 31, 2021

Half-life and decay chains are two important characteristics of radioactivity. Half-life is the measure of how rapidly a collection of radioactive atoms decay, while decay chain is the connected sequence of radioactive events. […]

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Chemistry

What are Oxidation and Reduction Reactions?

October 13, 2021

The amount of materials in nature seems to make one wonder if chemistry has a definitive end where everything is known about all materials because there’s a finite amount of them. But that, fortunately, isn’t the case. […]

A female laboratory scientist examining a diamond
Chemistry

The Quest for Synthetic Diamonds

October 13, 2021

The process of manufacturing a diamond was not fully realized for quite some time. For more than two centuries, scientists tried to figure out how to do it. The process needed what’s called phase transformation. […]

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Chemistry

Phase Transformations in Crystal Structures

October 13, 2021

The universe wouldn’t be as fun as it is if it were a static place where no change occurred. One kind of change that happens a lot is phase transformation, transpiring when materials can change their structure when subjected to heat, pressure, or other factors. […]

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