Science News Episode 3 - Revenge of the Chemists


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Today I am mostly talking about superheavy. Not superheavy metal and not the goonish Tyson Fury, so try not to be too disappointed that there will be little in the way of music or punching in this report.

No, the exciting news in science (well, it’s not exactly hot off the press, but still pretty current) is that chemists are building superheavy elements like there’s no tomorrow.

Carry on reading if you want to find out more.

Cast your mind back to Year 7 or thereabouts when life was simple, “men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.” * And the periodic table only had about 90 odd elements of interest. * (c) DN Adams

In fact, there were so few it was easy enough for Tom Lehrer to compose a little ditty (to a well-known tune) to list them all.

Quite possibly the best rhyme of all time at the end too.

Even young Daniel Radcliffe is a fan of Tom Lehrer – that alone gets him brownie points in my view and forgives many a movie-based sin.

He’s right – Tom Lehrer is one of the smartest, funniest guys on the planet who famously gave up satire when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize. But I digress…

So, this is the Periodic Table of the Elements as it is known to schoolboys and girls up and down the country.

There is a cool interactive version here.