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One of my PhD students this week brought to my attention a new element. Well, a new element to me anyway. Samarium (Sm) which featured in a paper she’d been reading (in the context of magnetism), nestles neatly between promethium and europium in the lanthanides of the periodic table (I know, because I’ve just gone and looked it up). Little wonder it had escaped my attention all these years.

I’m taking a few days’ holiday next week before the students arrive back so probably no blog posts for a week I’m afraid.