UTC: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

My favorite element

When one does my job(s), and one writes the kind of stuff that I write, the question of what my favorite element might be comes up a lot – quite a lot in fact. Actually I don’t think that the question is one that I would have ever give any thought to were it not […]

Four new elements, as predicted

IUPAC’s confirmation of four new elements, 113, 115, 117 and 118, was announced a couple of days ago with very little fanfare, and in the process, period 7 of the periodic table was completed! Of course, if you happen to follow my blog, you’ll know that back in July of this year I wrote this […]

Science On Tap #dingleelements

Here’s the Slide Deck form last night’s #dingleelements Science on Tap Talk at National Mechanics here in Philadelphia.   . @adchempages signing this little girl’s shirt and handout is the most adorable thing I’ve seen all day. @ScienceonTapPHL — Ilsa (@socalfirefly) July 13, 2015   Honestly, you really had to be there, but this will […]

Chemistry Venn’s

Today is the 180th birthday of John Venn, the Englishman who invented the Venn diagram. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates this fact. This led me to this little piece in The Guardian – a nice read! So, OK, all well and good, but what does that have to do with chemistry? Well actually, nothing per se, but […]

4s & 3d, 3d & 4s, Cu & Cr, sloppy Aufbau & Eric Scerri!

Yeah, that’s an inelegant title to say the least, but behind it is an elegant piece of chemistry that is struggling to get recognition. Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure and privilege to chat with UCLA chemistry professor and venerable author and expert on the periodic table, Eric Scerri. Eric and I chatted about a […]

Those confounded names and symbols!

Zach Weiner takes on the elements and the stress of the chemistry test in this, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Strip. Whilst reading Weiner’s cartoon I was reminded of the (somewhat old-fashioned and some would say outdated) terror of being asked to ‘memorize’ all of the symbols, for all of the elements, and the fact that […]