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

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