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An atom (or aggregation of atoms) of a particular element identified by mass number and distinguished by the number of neutrons in its nucleus.

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Is there a simple way to separate deuterium oxide from tap water?

I understand that tap water contains minute amounts of deuterium oxide (heavy water). Is there a simple way to separate, concentrate the $\ce{D2O}$?
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Are radioactive isotopes of silver dangerous?

I know we all think of things like uranium as being radioactive in the nasty radiation poisoning sort of way. But do elements like silver have similar effects in their radioactive isotopes? I'm an ...
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Can carbon dating tell how long a species would survive?

Carbon ($\ce{^{14}C}$) is used to determine how long a particular species has lived or how old it is. Can we use the same isotope to derive how long a species may survive? (My understanding is still ...
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Biological Consequences of Asteroid Mining—Death by Isotope?

It's been documented that NASA hope to capture an asteroid in 2025, and have subsequent aims to mine that asteroid. If if this is successful, we would expect other asteroids to be mined in the future. ...
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Questions about combustion and isotopic abundance

the combustion of 0.214g of sulfur provided exactly 0.428g of sulfur dioxide. After a second try, 0.782g of SO2 was obtained. What mass of sulfur was used? The combustion of lithium forms lithium ...
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The formula for finding the percentage of isotopes in an element's atomic weight?

In my class my teacher showed us how to find it, with a method, but he didn't really state the formula. I conjured up a formula from what I observed and it works. Here it is: $$ \frac{i_1x + ...
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Protactinium-234 half-life

This is going to seem like a rather daft question, but what is the definitive half-live for protactinium-234 (234Pa)? I'm seeing lots of different answers in various academic papers etc. For ...
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Is real water made up of heavy water and light water?

I need to know, is real water made up of heavy water which is formed with deuterium, and light water which is water by protium? We know that hydrogen has three major isotopes, including protium and ...
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Can I perform a stable isotope analysis at home?

I'm interested in measuring the stable isotope ratios of some bird feathers. I'm aware that a mass spectrometer is required to measure stable isotope ratios. Is it possible to measure stable isotope ...
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What does $\mathrm{A}_r(\mathrm{H})$ represent when calculating the average natural weight of an elemental atom?

I have a question that explains the weights and abundances of various hydrogen isotopes, and the question concludes by asking to: Calculate the atomic mass of hydrogen $\mathrm{A}_r(\mathrm{H})$ ...
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Chemical properties of isotopes

I've always heard that different isotopes of the same element have exactly the same chemical properties. But for example, I've read that some compounds which have hydrogen atoms interchanged by ...
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What is deuterium-depleted water actually used for?

I noted, flipping through the paperback Alfa Aesar catalogue today, that they sell deuterium-depleted water. Under the usage category, they list 'NMR'. I'm trying to work out what specific use this ...
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Is there a simple field test for heavy water?

Thought experiment Given two glasses of water, how would one detect which glass contains heavy water, and which contains potable water without using complicated laboratory equipment? Something like ...