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Neon: Periodic Table of Videos
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Neon: Periodic Table of Videos

While scientists also call noble gases "inert," they're hardly still. When neon atoms are excited, they emit a red glow.

Take a closer look at how we use the glow from the 10th element in the periodic table to create lighted signs — and more — all over the world.

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Elements & Periodic Table: Noble Gases

Elements & Periodic Table: Noble Gases

Neon signs are used to attract the eye. But neon gas doesn't need to attract any other element. Find out why noble gases are happy all by themselves. More...

Article
Chem4Kids.com
Evening Electric at MONA’s

Evening Electric at MONA’s

Scientists aren't the only people who use neon. Watch "Cirque Du Neon" as artists and spectators gather for an evening at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, California. More...

Video
MONA
How Do Neon Lights Work?

How Do Neon Lights Work?

Neon needs some excitement to create that glow we see in neon lights. Find out what it takes to charge up these usually inert atoms. More...

Article
Scientific American
It’s Elemental

It’s Elemental

Neon is one of more than 100 chemical elements and one of the six noble gases. Find out more about the molecular structure of elements and their properties. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
It’s Elemental: The Element Neon

It’s Elemental: The Element Neon

Neon is best known for being used in signs. You can see them everywhere. But neon gas does have some other uses. More...

Article
Jefferson Lab
Neon

Neon

Two British chemists discovered neon back in 1898. They had no idea the gas would become best known for lighting up advertising signs, but they did find out some other interesting things about it. More...

Video
TAS10SciA2010
Neon Element Facts

Neon Element Facts

You can't see or smell neon gas, so how did scientists discover it? Read how a hunch and some chemical detective work paid off. More...

Article
Chemicool.com
Neon Lights & Other Discharge Lamps

Neon Lights & Other Discharge Lamps

Bombard atoms with electrons! Create ions and see the different colors of light produced by elements in different energy states with this interactive simulation. More...

Interactive
PhET
Noble Gases

Noble Gases

Neon is found in Group 18 — also known as Group 0 — of the periodic table. These are the noble gases. Find out what these elements have in common and how they're used. More...

Article
BBC
What Makes an Element Reactive?

What Makes an Element Reactive?

Neon atoms, like other noble gases, don't like mingling. They don't react when approached by other elements. It's not that they're snobs. It's just in their chemistry. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS

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