Sep 29


I took the Nerd Test, and here is the result:

I am nerdier than 81% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

That’s actually a higher score than I was expecting. I was particularly amused at the follow-up question about how I knew the chemical symbol for a particular element. The possible answers included “I found a Periodic Table and looked it up” and “I looked at the Periodic Table next to me”. They did not include “I looked at the Periodic Table in the most recent post to my blog,” which was certainly an option in my case. (I didn’t, though. I am the son of a chemist. I don’t need a Periodic Table to know the symbol for manganese.)

Sep 09

The elements

The big periodic table chart on the wall of your high school chemistry classroom was useful, but it wasn’t very pretty or interesting, was it? But anyone who’s heard Tom Lehrer’s song on the subject knows that the elements don’t have to be boring. And now there’s a cool and beautiful alternative to the drab old wall chart:

Theodore Gray spent years creating this poster. Now you can buy it.

Sep 05

Aliens in Roswell

Are there aliens in Roswell, New Mexico? People have been debating that question since 1947. Now the matter has been settled. Last week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities arrested 15 aliens in Roswell. What were they doing there? Painting military airplanes!