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You’re Never Too Old for Halloween

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Redditor Kristin_Ols23 posted this photograph of her 91-year-old grandfather. His costume for this Halloween is the Mayor of [...]

Wonderful Life with the Elements

The following is a review of Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified. We’re giving away a free copy of this book – read on for details. Remember dozing off in high school chemistry class? If you think that the [...]

The Periodic Ceiling of Elements

High school chemistry teacher Scott Byrum found a brilliant way to catch the attention of his students. When it was time to renovate his classroom, he made vinyl letters and numbers and attached them to the tiles of his drop ceiling. When arranged properly, they formed the periodic table of elements. It got just the [...]

30,000 Pounds of Sodium + Lake = Massive Explosion

So let’s say it’s 1947, you’re the War Assets Administration, and you’ve got 30,000 pounds of spare metallic sodium from WWII on your hands. It’s too dangerous to transport — anyone who has taken high school Chemistry knows what happens if this stuff gets wet — so no commercial railway or trucking company will [...]

The Periodic Table Gets a Makeover

Remember the periodic table you were taught back in high school chemistry? Well, it was wrong. Scientists are revising the way atomic weights of 10 elements are displayed in a new Periodic Table: The new table, outlined in a report released this month, will express atomic weights of 10 elements — hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, [...]