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Two New Super-Heavy Elements Added To The Periodic Table
The periodic table of the elements now officially has two new members, its heaviest ever. The new elements, 114 and...
How 29 Long-Ignored Elements Could Make or Break the Clean-Energy Revolution
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Where International Standard Units Come From, Part Four: The Mole
All this week, the origin and continued preservation of five of our favorite standard units of measure
Mysteriously, Solar Activity Found to Influence Behavior of Radioactive Materials On Earth
How’s this for spooky action at a distance? The sun, at 93 million miles away, appears to be influencing the...
Why Afghanistan’s Lithium Is a Big Deal, Even If It Never Leaves the Ground
Lithium is cheap and widely available, so why do we care about a new resource in a war zone? Because it’s another counter to the irrational fear that the automobile’s lithium-powered electric future is doomed before it begins
U.S. Geologists Uncover Staggering $1 Trillion Cache of Unmined Mineral Resources in Afghanistan (Updated)
With huge quantities of rare-earth elements valuable to high-tech industries like lithium-ion battery production, will Afghanistan become the "Saudi Arabia" of the future?
Superheavy Element 117, Long Anticipated, Briefly Shows Itself in Russian Lab
We’ve already added elements 116 and 118 to the periodic table, and now a collaboration of Russian and U.S. scientists...
Bolivia Is the Saudi Arabia Of Our Battery-Powered Future
Bolivia is primarily known for two things: being the poorest country in South America, and having a president with a...
Superheavy Element 114’s Synthesis Confirmed, Dashes Hopes of “Island of Stability”
Long hoped to represent the point where superheavy elements don't immediately decay, Ununquadium turns out to be not so stable after all
Your Hybrid Car Is Hogging All the Rare Earth Metals
So it turns all those hybrid car owners who turn their environmentally conscious noses up have an unexpected caveat to...