Scientists with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have officially approved the names of four new elements, completing the seventh row of the 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.
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".
An international team of researchers has just published a paper confirming the existence of element number 117 -- ununseptium. It's the heaviest element ever created, with an atom of ununseptium outweighing an atom of lead by 40 per cent. Make some room on your periodic table, there's a new metal in town.
If Dmitri Mendeleev was alive, we'd be wishing him a happy birthday today. He's not -- and thank goodness, because he'd be a 180-year-old science-zombie. But Mendeleev's periodic table of the elements is a scientific treasure, one that's still predicting elements we haven't yet discovered. Talk about prescient.
Writing is many things: a job, a hobby, a personal imperative, an act, an art, a gigantic pain in the arse. But is it a science? The Periodic Table of Storytelling breaks down narrative elements into a familiar form -- though one that liberal artsy folks probably haven't thought about since high school.
Nerds have been decorating with the periodic table forever, but let's face it: it's never looked good. This lovely minimalist interpretation does the impossible and actually makes it mesmerizing to behold, if just slightly less informative.
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.
You claim to be interested in science? Do you sit down to eat your dinner at a periodic table table? No? Then be quiet. Because Theo Gray, co-founder of Wolfram Research, out-geeks you, hands down.