What would the chemical elements look like as cartoon characters?

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 cartoon… » 2/09/13 7:30am 2/09/13 7:30am

This periodic table shows each element's relative abundance on Earth

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… » 12/01/12 5:00pm 12/01/12 5:00pm

Meet the Periodic Table of Elements, personified as 118 cartoon men

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… » 9/15/12 8:00am 9/15/12 8:00am

Our life stories will unfold in 94 films about 94 elements

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 these… » 5/05/12 12:30pm 5/05/12 12:30pm

Is the periodic table the law or just a good suggestion?

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. » 4/13/11 11:00am 4/13/11 11:00am