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Periodic Table Podcasts

January 20, 2019

The Royal Society of Chemistry has produced podcasts for every element! Enjoy brief stories about the elements that place them in historical context.

Electrical Energy Flow in NYC

February 14, 2017

The New York Times published an article that beautifully illustrates where New York City gets its electrical power. Similar concepts are at play all across the world.

Read the article here.

Metallic Hydrogen Discovery

February 13, 2017

Researchers at Harvard have provided the first experimental demonstration of solid metallic hydrogen. At very high pressures, dihydrogen (H2) is converted to a solid with the properties of an atomic metal, including being reflective.

A popular press summary:

The original research report in Science magazine:

Can you name the element?

August 14, 2015

Take a timed quiz to broadly test your knowledge of the periodic table!

You have 3 minutes to answer 30 questions about the periodic table in the format “Can you name the element that…” For example, “… is an actinide.”


Build and Manipulate Digital 3D Models

January 1, 2015

There are a few free programs available that allow you to construct your own molecular models on your computer. This is very helpful for visualizing 3D structures, and can be helpful with visualizing symmetry operations.

Avogadro is available for Macs and PCs.

Chem3D is part of the ChemBioDraw Ultra package, for PCs only.