Platinum is one of the rarest and most useful metals on the planet. A new video from Cody’s Lab explains why a significant amount of this precious element exists in the dirt and dust by the roadside—and how it can be extracted.
At Claremont McKenna college, chemistry professor Babak Sanii and his students have created an online tool that allows users to create "Elemental Cardograms" — periodic tables where the area of each element is made larger or smaller to reflect the chemical composition of specific items, ranging from tattoo ink to corn.
Aluminum is frequently found in nature as part of a compound, but does it ever occur naturally on its own?
An international team of researchers has just published a paper confirming the existence of element number 117—ununseptium. It's the heaviest element ever created, with an atom of ununseptium outweighing an atom of lead by 40 percent. Make some room on your periodic table, there's a new metal in town.
One of the many mysteries of the universe is where the elements come from. At last, one part of that mystery is solved. A team of astronomers have discovered the origins of all the heaviest elements in the universe, including gold, lead, platinum and more.
Whether you need to brush up on your chemistry, or just love it when someone sets the Periodic Table to music, AsapSCIENCE's The NEW Periodic Table Song is for you.
For her senior thesis project for the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, animator and illustrator Kaycie D. decided to take on a massive character design project. She would design a character based on each of the known chemical elements in the periodic table, until she had a complete world of science-inspired…
The classic periodic table of elements is useful for understanding the relationships between the elements, but it doesn't tell us much about the chemical makeup of Earth. This periodic table, created by Professor William F. Sheehan of the University of Santa Clara and published in 1976, offers a somewhat different…
Despite the handy chart that is the Periodic Table of Elements, memorizing the properties of each chemical element is not always an easy task for visual learners. But Bunpei Yorifuji's Wonderful Life with the Elements offers a cartoon view of chemistry, illustrating each element as a little man bearing an afro, tighty…
Get ready to amend you periodic tables. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially approved the names for elements 114 and 116. Meet Flerovium and Livermorium.
Of the 94 naturally occurring elements, we're on intimate terms with some, but others may be complete strangers. Oxygen (O), carbon (C), sodium (Na), calcium (Ca) - we can probably easily discuss their role in our lives. But what about tantalum (Ta), promethium (Pm), scandium (Sc), and Yttrium (Y)? What part do…
Elements 114 and 116 are now the heaviest elements that we know for a fact exist. They can only exist for less than a second, but they get us ever closer to the fabled island of stability.
This week on "Ask a Physicist" we have a doomsday twist. Is it possible to make strange new elements that could ultimately destroy the world or are you destined to be Mendeleev's bitch? In this week's column, we find out.
Recently scientists staged a demonstration in which flesh-eating bacteria died off in droves when placed on a copper surface. Find out why copper engages in bactericide.
If you're looking for a perfect holiday gift for science lovers, consider these ten amazing books. They prove science is awesomer than fiction, and are packed with beautiful pictures too.
Helium is a noble gas, so it doesn't react chemically with anything. It doesn't solidify at Earth's atmospheric pressure. As soon as it is released, it streams away from earth. How is it packaged up and used to fill balloons?