It's one of the most hallowed clubs in all of science--the lucky few who have discovered and named an element on the periodic table. After stabilizing and observing the latest addition to chemistry's constitution, element number 112, Sigurd Hofmann and his team will have the chance to make their mark. And despite element naming's bitterly contentious history (very bitter, actually), Sigurd isn't sweating it much.
The problem with working for a magazine about the future is that things don’t always—in fact, rarely—happen as you say they’re going to, and readers let you know. The call I’ve been getting harassed about for almost four years now: colored bubbles that don't leave stains.
Part of the allure -- and possibly the downfall -- of the trend toward science-based cooking is the promise of perfection. Harold McGee, the Cook's Illustrated magazines and America's Test Kitchen, Alton Brown's books and series, PopSci's own Ted Allen -- all suggest that by following certain simple rules, measuring carefully and understanding the way ingredients behave, the home baker or cook can produce a superior dish.
The chemistry cornerstone celebrates its 140th birthday
By Chris Sweeney Posted 03.04.2009 at 11:44 am 2 Comments
Ah, the periodic table. The Rosetta Stone of chemistry, if you will. Well, today, this great tormentor of high school science students celebrates its 140th birthday, so lets take a quick look at a bit of the history behind this scientific gem.
A weaker hydrogen bond can quickly re-attach tears
By Gregory MonePosted 02.22.2008 at 12:27 pm 3 Comments
Scientists at the Ecole Superieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles in Sheboygan, Wisconsin—wait, I mean Paris, France—have created a new kind of rubber that can bind back together after being broken in two.
Send steel up in flames—as long as it's in wool form
By Theodore GrayPosted 10.18.2007 at 2:00 am 8 Comments
by Mike Walker
Hot Steel: Set a steel-wool pad ablaze using an ordinary match.
I was 10 years old, but I'll never forget that day: The smell of bread in the oven. The crunchy grit of steel wool in my fingers. The fact that my mom still left matches out where I could find them. That's when I learned that, yes, you can light steel with a match.
Want to see a real sugar high? Launch a model rocket with Oreo cookies
By Theodore GrayPosted 05.08.2006 at 2:00 am 17 Comments
by Mike Walker
A rocket speeds away, fueled by an oxidizer and Oreo cookie filling.
Food contains an amazing amount of energy. If you don't believe it, feed candy to some kids and watch them bounce off the walls. Of course, tot-baiting is only one way to turn food energy into noise and destruction.