World’s Oldest Known Periodic Table Found During Cleanup of Scottish Lab

A classroom chart bearing an early version of the periodic table of elements has been discovered in a University of St. Andrews chemistry lab. Dating back to the 1880s, the chart is thought to be the world’s oldest. Read More >>

Meet Dawn Shaughnessy, the Real-Life Alchemist Who Expanded the Periodic Table

The periodic table is chemistry’s holy text. Not only does it list all of the tools at chemists’ disposal, but its mere shape – where these elements fall into specific rows and columns – has made profound predictions about new elements and their properties that later came true. But few chemists on Earth have a closer relationship with the document than Dawn Shaughnessy, whose team is partially responsible for adding six new elements to table’s ranks. Read More >>

Your Periodic Table is Officially Out of Date

Scientists with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have officially approved the names of four new elements, completing the seventh row of the periodic table. Read More >>

Interactive Periodic Table Reveals Exactly How We Use All Those Elements

We all know how common elements like oxygen and helium are used in every day life. But gallium? Selenium? Rhodium? Read More >>

And the 4 Newest Periodic Table Elements Will be Called…

Scientists have found some new stuff down the back of the sofa of the universe, somehow realising that four new types of element exist around us. So they need names. Read More >>

Four Elements Have Been Added to the Periodic Table

The periodic table isn’t what it used to be. Four new man-made elements have been verified by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and added to the famous grid. Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 are yet to be officially named -- that's a process that will take a few months -- but we’ve been given temporary working names and symbols. These are as follows. Read More >>

A Periodic Table That Tells You About How Elements Really Crop Up

The periodic table is perhaps the most iconic scientific visualisation in the world. But that doesn't mean it can't show more: Google has amped up every scientist's favourite diagram to show how elements get used in the real world. Read More >>

Periodic Table Alarm Clock Lets You See Atomic Numbers at a Glance

The University of Nottingham's chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff says that most chemists don't know the atomic number of most elements and that it's a pain to look in the periodic table. That's why alarm clock is his favorite gadget: "The first periodic table that you lets you see an element's atomic number without thinking." Read More >>

Scientists Have Created the Heaviest Metal Ever: Ununseptium

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 per cent. Make some room on your periodic table, there's a new metal in town. Read More >>

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

Writing is many things: a job, a hobby, a personal imperative, an act, an art, a gigantic pain in the ass. But is it a science? The Periodic Table of Storytelling breaks down narrative elements into a familiar form—though one that liberal artsy folks probably haven't thought about since secondary school. 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 >>

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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 >>