What’s the most boring element?

It is the International Year of the Periodic Table (#IYPT2019), and Allan Blackman has been investigating the 118 known chemical elements as part of a series of short podcasts on Radio New Zealand. This process has highlighted the fact that every element, no matter how abundant or obscure, has its own story — the discovery, history, uses and quirks of each chemical element are unique. But let’s face it, some elements undoubtedly have better stories than others, and this made us think about which one is the most boring. To find out more, read the full article in Nature Chemistry.