707, 2019
  • Periodic Table of Element Scrabble scores

#IYPT2019: The periodic table of element Scrabble scores

July 7th, 2019|

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Which element name will get you the highest score in a game of Scrabble? That’s the question that inspired this slightly frivolous graphic, which looks at how many points each of the elements’ names will bag you in the word-building board game.


1501, 2019
  • A timeline of the discoveries of the chemical elements Jan 2019

A timeline of the discoveries of the chemical elements – #IYPT2019 edition

January 15th, 2019|

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As it’s the International Year of the Periodic Table, I decided to revisit this old timeline of element discoveries I put together five years ago. The old version was a little in need of visual improvement, as well as updating to include the element discoveries confirmed since 2014. 


702, 2017
  • Periodic Tables

National Periodic Table Day – Six Different Periodic Tables!

February 7th, 2017|

Today, February 7, is National Periodic Table Day. You could be forgiven for not knowing – it was actually only ‘founded’ in May 2015, so this is only the second time it’s rolled around. February 7 was picked because it marks the date on which John Newlands’ first periodic table of elements was published way back in 1863. By happy coincidence it’s also only a day before the birthday of Dmitri Mendeleev, the scientist most famously associated with the periodic table.


612, 2016
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The Compound Interest Periodic Table of Data – New Elements Update!

December 6th, 2016|

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With four new element names officially confirmed last week, it’s past time the Compound Interest Periodic Table of Data was updated to include them! Here’s the updated table with nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson in their rightful places; the version above has a key denoting the different group names, but there’s also a version which denotes s, p, d and f block elements.


906, 2016
  • The Periodic Table - Element Name Origins

The Periodic Table of Elements: Element Name Origins

June 9th, 2016|

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With yesterday’s announcement of the proposed names for the periodic table’s four newest members, the periodic table of elements will soon have a completed seventh period. This graphic, featured in The Conversation, and produced in collaboration with Professor Mark Lorch of the University of Hull, takes a look at the origins of the names of all 118 elements!


3001, 2016
  • The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements

A Periodic Table of Rejected Element Names

January 30th, 2016|

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Extremium, catium, cyclonium and pandemonium: elements that you won’t find in the periodic table in classrooms and laboratories. However, they’re all names that have been suggested but rejected for elements in years gone by. This table takes a look at some of the different names that have been suggested or used in the past for various elements; below, we examine their origins, and the reasons for their rejection.