Superheavy Relativistic Chemistry

Einstein’s law of special relativity provides us with a model for how particles will act when moving at close to the speed of light. Recently there has been great advancement in the production of superheavy elements. For these elements with an atomic number greater than 104 life is short lived. The instability of the nuclei,…

Put the colour back into Science

Many of my readers may remember that last year I wrote an article about a remastered picture of the Solvay Conference of 1927. This picture had been re-coloured and gave a whole new depth to the eminent scientists who we are standing on the shoulders of today. Well, I was browsing the internet this evening…

Ununpentium a confirmed element?

In 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev published a paper which included a table of all the known elements in existence showing trends in electron configuration and properties. Since then a large portion of nuclear physicists have been trying to use various techniques in order to push the boundaries of this table. As of May last year with…