How the Elements Got Their Names

From Hydrogen to Ununoctium, all of the elements have names, some more crazy than other. But where did they come from? Read More >>

Let This Periodic Table of Storytelling Destroy Your Writer's Block

Here's how it works. Each of the elements features a common trope—but these aren't just your standard stops on the Monomyth journey. I mean, it's been a while, but I'm pretty sure Joseph Campbell never covered Ass (Ass Pulls)—"less than graceful narrative developments"—and Vam (Viewers are Morons), "a common belief among TV executives is that everyone who watches TV has the intellect of Beavis and Butt-Head." Read More >>

A Periodic Table of Booze

You can fit an awful lot of information into the classic Periodic Table — and here, Brazil-based designer and illustrator mayra.artes has taken advantage of it to communicate the contents of... booze. Read More >>

This Minimalist Periodic Table Turns Electrons into Art

Nerds have been decorating with the periodic table for longer than most people can remember, but let's face it: it's never looked good. This lovely minimalist interpretation does the impossible and actually makes it mesmerising to behold, even if it's slightly less informative. Read More >>

Everything You Ever Need to Know About the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table is one of the most iconic — and useful! — pieces of data organisation to ever exist. Here's everything you need to know about it, from its history to how to use it, in just 11 minutes. Read More >>

What's the Most Popular Element?

Sure, we can't breathe without H or make squeaky chipmunk voices without He, and Ne is the king of strip-club signage. But being important—or even just in ample supply—has nothing on being popular. And this brilliantly reimagined periodic table shows us just how much we really care about the elements. Read More >>

This Awesome Periodic Table of Cupcakes Gives Me a Hunger For Chemistry

Ah the humble cupcake; it’s just so versatile. There’s nothing it can’t improve, even the learning science, as this delicious collection of 117 tasty treats laid out in a periodic table shows. Read More >>

If You Don't Like the Names of These New Elements, Now's the Time to Complain

Flerovium and livermorium have a nice ring, yeah? Chemistry's governing body thinks so and wants to name two new elements with them. If you disagree, you've only got five months to come up with something better. Read More >>


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