Elements: symbols, but not the names, are universal

In the English language, the names of 88 of the 118 chemical elements end in ium or um. (one for each piano key!) The word-ending is derived from Latin and it denotes a metallic substance. It's compatible with the fact that 80% of the Earth's building blocks and synthesized elements are metals. The German and... Continue Reading →

The Phobia of Chemophobia and a Better Path for Science Education

I've long been annoyed by complaints about chemophobia and by those on war path to combatting it. But I stumbled upon some fresh air when I read a Scientific American guest blog by Chiara Ceci, who at the time of writing worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry. “We found that people’s views on chemicals... Continue Reading →

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