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.
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…
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.
From Hydrogen to Ununoctium, all of the elements have names, some more crazy than other. But where did they come from?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.