If you were an element, you'd be oganesson (cause you're Og).
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry recognized the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 on the seventh row of the periodic table not too long ago, but now they have real names!Read More
Why is everything so heavy in 2014? Is there something wrong with the Earth's gravitational pull?
Hey, chemistry students studying for final exams: you missed a spot! It's not your fault, though. Element 117 was just confirmed in a lab and will soon be added to the periodic table, so you'll have one more element to memorize in the near future. Man, I hope your periodic table posters are recyclable.Read More
Well, that's one less spot on the periodic table that reads "Here there be dragons."
New experiments reported today in the journal Physical Review Letters confirm that researchers have created atoms of a new element. The super heavy element, with an atomic number of 115, has been a subject of interest since Russian researchers saw signs of it a decade ago, though new evidence all but guarantees it a place on the periodic table.Read More
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I'm a big fan of "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer. You might not know the name, though you really should, but you've likely heard the song at some point. It's literally just Lehrer singing the elements on the periodic table while playing the piano. It's great, and no other song about the periodic table has ever come close to dislodging it from the cockles of my heart. Enter AsapSCIENCE's new periodic table song.Read More
As you might imagine, we get sent a lot of geeky things here at the site, but since I started writing for Geekosystem, I don't think I've seen anything as geeky as this. It's The Periodic Table of Middle-Earth, which breaks down the characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into classification by race. It even lists dates of birth and death. This is next-level geekdom at its finest.Read More
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Things We Saw Today: The Dark Knight Rises Composer Dedicates New Song to Help Raise Money for Aurora Shooting Victims
Things We Saw Today
Another day, another heart-warming response from the Dark Knight Rises team in the wake of the Aurora shooting. This time it's legendary film composer Hans Zimmer, who scored the trilogy, who has composed a song for those affected by the tragedy:
"'Aurora' is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization."You can listen to the song and donate to the cause here. (via MTV) Read More
Things We Saw Today
Ok, so little Rose's song may require subtitles both for her gibberish and the real lyrics but she still one-ups me when it come to singing Tom Lehrer's "The Elements." The video is about a year old now but her dad says she's still interested in the periodic table (mostly because of the song) and writes, "She likes the video of Daniel Radcliffe singing it, and the one where two older girls sing a Japanese version." (via io9)Read More
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Things We Saw Today
They might not have the highest atomic number, but elements 116 and 114 have cleared the final hurdle needed to be officially recognized as the heaviest known elements, with atomic masses of 292 and 289 respectively.Elements 116 and 114 have knocked copernicium (112), with an atomic mass of 285, and roentgenium (111), with an atomic mass of 272, out of the top spots. The two newly recognized elements are radioactive, and decay quickly into lighter atoms. Element 116 decays into 114 and 114 decays into copernicium. Read More
Hawkeye to Cameo in Thor (Bleeding Cool) Samuel L. Jackson Saying M*th*erf*ck*r (NSFW) (Abaurre3) 8 Hard Lessons 2010 Taught The Entertainment Industry (Wired) World's Smallest Periodic Table Etched on Hair of Worlds Adorablest British Scientist (Periodic Videos) Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer Restage Labyrinth; Gaiman is Bowie (Amanda Palmer) Nintendo Warns Against 3DS Graphics for Young Kids (Ars Technica) Gallery of Original Background Art from Masters of the Universe (Robert Lamb) (Dougtrio pic via Reddit.)Read More
An international team of scientists working at a Russian physics lab have discovered a new element which is the second-heaviest yet discovered. This new element, numbered 117, is currently going by the placeholder name "ununseptium," which, like other names given to superheavy elements like "ununbium," "ununquadium," and the excellent "unununium," is merely a description of its own atomic number. (one-one-seven --> "117.")
But fear not: While they were too superstitious to come up with a name before their discovery, which involved slamming calcium isotopes against berkelium, they're now at work coming up with a name for the element, which is apparently very serious business in the world of physics:Read More