A Periodic Table That Tells You How Common Elements Really Are

The periodic table is perhaps the most iconic scientific visualization in the world—but that doesn't mean it can't show more. Now, Google has amped up every scientist's favorite to show how elements really get used in the real world. » 12/01/14 6:45am 12/01/14 6:45am

Periodic table alarm clock lets you see atomic numbers at a glance

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 favorite gadget: "The first periodic table that you lets you see an element's atomic number without… » 7/11/14 8:54am 7/11/14 8:54am

Scientists Have Confirmed the Heaviest Metal Ever Observed: Ununseptium

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 percent. Make some room on your periodic table, there's a new metal in town. » 5/03/14 10:00am 5/03/14 10:00am

Even On His 180th Birthday, Mendeleev Is Still Predicting New Elements

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. » 2/08/14 8:00pm 2/08/14 8:00pm

Let This Periodic Table Of Storytelling Destroy Your Writer's Block

Writing is many things: a job, a hobby, a personal imperative, an act, an art, a gigantic pain in the ass. 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. » 2/05/14 10:20am 2/05/14 10:20am

A Periodic Table of Booze

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. » 8/22/13 5:20am 8/22/13 5:20am

This Minimalist Periodic Table Turns Electrons into Art

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. » 8/01/13 5:13pm 8/01/13 5:13pm

It Takes An Earworm To Memorize The Periodic Table

Fair warning, this video is an illustrated version of the periodic table set to The Can-Can. There are consequences to watching. But hopefully one of them is that you learn all the chemical elements in order without even trying. Which would be a convenient, if incredibly nerdy, bar trick to bust out sometime. » 5/19/13 7:00pm 5/19/13 7:00pm

Everything You Ever Need to Know About the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table is one of the most iconic—and useful!—pieces of data organization to ever exist. Here's everything you need to know about it, from its history to how to use it, in just 11 minutes. » 3/05/13 5:58am 3/05/13 5:58am

What's the Most Popular Element?

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 reimagined periodic table shows us just how much we really care about the elements. » 12/05/12 8:49am 12/05/12 8:49am

Real Geeks Dine at a Periodic Table Table

You claim to be interested in science? Do you sit down of an evening 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. » 2/23/12 7:00am 2/23/12 7:00am

If You Don't Like the Names of These New Elements, Now's the Time to…

Flerovium and livermorium have a nice ring, yeah? Chemistry's governing body thinks so and wants to name two new elements with them. If you disagree, you've only got five months to come up with something better. » 12/03/11 12:00am 12/03/11 12:00am

Geeky Restaurant Puts Their Menu Inside a Periodic Table

What's more nerdy? The fact that the restaurant is called the Miracle of Science Bar & Grill or that their menu is re-fashioned into a Periodic Table or that I really want to take a road trip to eat there? » 12/31/10 11:00pm 12/31/10 11:00pm

Glow-in-the-Dark Uranium Soap

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 $7. [PerpetualKid via 7Gadgets] » 12/02/10 1:20pm 12/02/10 1:20pm

What Happens When You Mix Every Single Element Together at Once?

The entire periodic table mixed together is one of those awesome what if scenarios so out there that not even scientists know for sure. Their guess? Anything from "a quark-gluon plasma" (!) to "flaming plutonium." Do not try at home! » 11/29/10 4:40pm 11/29/10 4:40pm

Periodic Table of Imaginary Sci-Fi Elements

All the life-sapping elements dreamed up by TV shows, movies, authors and game studios are here—including Kryptonite, Element X and Vibranium. Classified by media, energy potential and origin, naturally. [RussellWalks via Urlesque via Neatorama via Kotaku] » 4/09/10 5:44am 4/09/10 5:44am

The Periodic Table of All the Periodic Tables

There. Now, your desire to see every object in the world into periodic tables has been granted: A periodic table of all the nerdgasmic, brilliant, and absurd periodic tables in the internets. [Keaggy - Thanks Mike!] » 3/30/10 12:40am 3/30/10 12:40am

The Periodic Table of Sci-Fi

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. » 3/16/10 5:40pm 3/16/10 5:40pm

The Circular Periodic Table of Elements

Researcher Mohd Abubakr says that his circular periodic table is better than Mendeleev's. I'd have given him the Nobel in chemistry—if Obama hadn't got it first for mixing himself a whiskey with Red Bull onboard Air Force One. » 10/09/09 12:40pm 10/09/09 12:40pm