Element Factfile: Krypton

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itch-packshotOut now, the book follows Itchingham Lofte – known as Itch- who is an element-hunter! He’s decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table, which has some rather destructive results in his bedroom!

However, when he discovers a brand new element, never seen before, he ends up with unwanted attention and a lot of danger.

Itch is written by Simon Mayo and published by Random House – out now.

So you can become an element hunter too, we’ve put together fact files on some key elements you’ll want to catch!

Today’s is… Krypton

Here’s what Itch has got to say:

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Don’t get this confused with Superman’s home planet! Krypton is a rare element that exists right here on earth.

kryptonDiscovered by the same people who found Neon, it shares many properties.

It gives off an intense amount of light, which means it plays an important role in scientific lasers and has been vital for the development of nuclear energy.

It’s not that common though, in fact only 0.0001% of the earth’s atmosphere is krypton!

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