Tagged With periodic table

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Briefly: We all know how common elements like oxygen and helium are used in every day life. But gallium? Selenium? Rhodium? Keith Enevoldsen has created an interactive periodic table that illustrates exactly where you may encounter even obscure elements on the chart. It's like taking high school science all over again, except without the tests, and you're welcome to keep using your phone.

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Japanese particle physicists just received a welcome New Year's gift: they won the right to name the superheavy element they spent a dozen years trying to create in an accelerator laboratory. Added bonus: it's the first a team of Asian physicists has had the honour of naming a new element.

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Video: University of Nottingham's chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff says that most chemists don't know the atomic number of most elements and that it's a pain to look in the periodic table. That's why alarm clock is his favourite gadget: "The first periodic table that you lets you see an element's atomic number without thinking".

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You can fit an awful lot of information into the classic Periodic Table -- and here Brazil-based designer and illustrator mayra.artes has taken advantage of it to communicate the contents of... booze.

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Sure, we can't breathe without H or make squeaky chipmunk voices without He, and Ne is the king of strip-club signage. But being important -- or even just in ample supply -- has nothing on being popular. And this brilliantly re-imagined periodic table shows us just how much we really care about the elements.

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Don't worry, it's not radioactive - nor has it been milled from the soaplakes of Chernobyl. But it is ocean scented! And organic. And vegan, and not tested on animals... you get the picture. Just $US7.

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I think I would've done a lot better in 10th grade Chemistry if we'd studied the Periodic Table of Sci-Fi Film and Television. And I get the feeling I'm not the only one. Click to biggie-size.