How the Alphon became an outdated physics concept

What's an alphon? Nothing whatsoever. But at one time, they might have been the thing that provide the basic building block of all chemistry. Let's look at the science that might have been. » 10/20/13 8:00am 10/20/13 8:00am

The Oddo-Harkins Rule shows the universe hates the odd

When scientists started discovering the elements, they noticed a strange pattern. Today, that pattern is known as the Oddo-Harkins Rule. And while we understand some of the reason for the rule, there's still a mystery about it. » 10/17/13 8:40am 10/17/13 8:40am

The first periodic table that got laughed out of science

Dmitri Mendeleev is known as the father of the periodic table of elements, and rightly so. He ordered the elements correctly based on their properties, which helped predict the discovery of new elements. But he wasn't the first to come up with the idea of periodicity of elements, or the first to try to make a chart. » 7/21/13 11:00am 7/21/13 11:00am

All the elements arranged by the country that discovered them

Another day, another awesome take on the Periodic Table of Elements. In this one, science communicator and PhD student Jamie Gallagher mapped out where the scientists were living when they made their discoveries. » 6/24/13 2:40pm 6/24/13 2:40pm

Learn the Periodic Table of Elements with this handy song

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. » 5/18/13 10:00am 5/18/13 10:00am

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… » 2/09/13 7:30am 2/09/13 7:30am

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

Meet the two newest additions to the Periodic Table of Elements

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. » 6/02/12 3:30pm 6/02/12 3:30pm

Watch the world's smallest periodic table being etched onto a human…

Using focused ion beams, nanoscientists wrote the entire periodic table of elements onto a single human hair, and filmed the whole thing for your edification. As a bonus, watch them etch a Christmas greeting onto a snowflake! » 12/21/10 10:22am 12/21/10 10:22am