UTC: Sunday, February 17th, 2019

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 […]

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 […]

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 Whilst reading Weiner’s cartoon I was reminded of the (somewhat old-fashioned and some would say outdated) terror of being asked to ‘memorize’ all of the symbols, for all of the elements, and the fact that […]