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Element 113, 115, 117, and 118 Get Official Names

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!

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New, Superheavy Element 117 to Be Added to the Periodic Table

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.

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Welcome to the Periodic Table! Existence of Element 115 Confirmed

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.

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If You’ve Ever Felt the Need to Reference the Muppets: The Periodic Table of Muppets

Ask a Muppet

Artist Mike Baboon has collected and organized many of the Muppets into this very comprehensive and informative chart.  Each Muppet's square contains their primary Muppeteer, the abbreviated name in the Muppet's nose color, year and production of origin, and hair or hat color in the borders.  Now if we could just find Beaker, he could explain the science to us.

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New Periodic Table Song’s the Best One Since Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements” [Video]

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.

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Is This Lord of the Rings Periodic Table The Geekiest Thing Ever Done?

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.

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Forget The Internet, Use The Periodic Bracelet of Elements For Reference!

she blinded me with science

Though if you're geeky enough to wear the Periodic Table of Elements on your wrist, you probably know it by heart, right? It's one of many by JezebelCharms on Etsy. (via Fashionably Geek) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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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)

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Things We Saw Today: Catwoman Breaking The Bat With Her Really Sharp Heel

Things We Saw Today

HOLY HEEL, BATMAN! We've been seeing a lot of official images from The Dark Knight Rises being released this past week and although we've discussed at length how ridiculous it is for poor Anne Hathaway's Catwoman to be in stilettos in Christopher Nolan's utilitarian universe, I admit to loving this image. Apparently one of the previous posters had a QR code attached which led to this secret one being revealed on the TDKR website. At least there's no question they'll be used as weapons in the film now. (via Collider

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Can A 3-Year-Old Sing The Periodic Table Of Elements Song?

Clever Girl

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)

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The Periodic Table of Cupcakes Probably Involved Some Sodium, Hydrogen, Carbon, and Oxygen

Do Try This At Home

And that's just the partial chemical content of salt and baking powder. These cupcakes were created for a reception at somebody's chemical engineering department. Dibs on Polonium, it's got my name in it! Wider shots of how the table was laid out (on the table) below:

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Things We Saw Today: The Doctor and Wheately

Things We Saw Today

Time And Relative Dimension In SPAAAAAAAAAAACE (Radiohamlet via io9.)

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New Elements Usurp Heavy Weight Title

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.

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The Periodic Table of Geek Storytelling


Here's something to look at that will keep you occupied for a while. DeviantART user ComputerSherpa came up with this unbelievably informative "periodic table of storytelling" using TMS favorite TV Tropes to break down the chemical compounds of our most beloved (or reviled) geek stories. After the jump, click to enlarge for the full size. We'll see you in a few hours.

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Geekolinks: 12/30

The Style of Elements: Beautiful Pictures of Chemical Elements

German Wikipedia contributor alchemist-hp is on a quest to take a beautiful picture of each element of the periodic table. So far he's only captured 35 pure samples of the 118 elements known to man, but the results are impressive.

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Ununseptium: New Element 117 Discovered, Better Name to Come

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:

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The Periodic Table of… Everything

Awesome by way of being insanely detailed, this Periodic Table of Periodic Tables, a compendium of everything from Noble Geeks to the Unknown, was created by graphic artist Bill Keaggy as, you know, something to do on the weekend.

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