Almost Saturday Science Videos and more: Playing with the periodic table

19 Nov

Somehow Facebook, Twitter and my ongoing addiction to NPR have all pointed to fun chemistry science media today. This morning, I was just about to get out of bed when I heard this segment on NPR’s Morning Edition: Planet Money: Why Gold? Planet Money and a Columbia University chemical engineer play bingo with the periodic table to cleverly explain the origin of gold as the metallic basis of wealth.

Then there’s chemistry at a party: a fun little promotional video for science career put together by Marie Curie Actions at the European Commission Research (Hat tip: The Scientist‘s Naturally Selected blog). My favorite segue:  Hydrogen and Neon have  “No Attraction,” but Carbon enters the room to attract four happy Hydrogens. Those poor noble gases are just destined to die alone.

Finally, I picked this up via Facebook: your periodic table tie-in to Harry Potter mania this weekend. Enjoy “The Elements” courtesy of Daniel Radcliffe. Awesome.

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2 Responses to “Almost Saturday Science Videos and more: Playing with the periodic table”

  1. Eric scerri November 20, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Good on Daniel for featuring the periodic table. For more on this subject please see my book

    Eric Scerri The Periodic Table, It’s Story and It’s Significance, Oxford University Press 2007.

  2. Meredith November 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I had heard the NPR Gold story too, so I’m glad you posted the link! And the other videos are hilarious. Thanks for sharing them!

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