If funding remained at 1969 Apollo mission levels, NASA planned to develop such elements as a lunar orbit station in 1978, a lunar surface base in 1980, and a manned mission to Mars in 1981 or 1983 thespacereview.com/articl…
Today I learned about a little town called Ytterby in Sweden, has 4 elements in the Periodic table named after this one single town - yttrium(Y), erbium(Er), terbium(Tb) and ytterbium(Yb). In addition 4 other elements (Sc, Ho, Tm, Gd) too can be trace their discovery back to this quarry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytt…
Helium is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on the earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
Billboard removed Old Town Road from their country charts because it did not β€œembrace enough elements of today’s country music.” Lil Nas X reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus who later said β€œit’s honest, humble, and has an infectious hook and a banjo. What the hell more do ya need?” people.com/country/billy-…
Nihonium (Japan) has the shortest life among the elements named after countries. It decays and disappears in only 2 milliseconds while spreading radiation around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nih…
Today I learned about computational trinitarianism, the idea that a proof of a proposition (in logic), a program with output of some type (in type theory and computer science), and a generalized element of an object (in category theory) are all equivalent. ncatlab.org/nlab/show/com…
Theres a song called "The most unwanted song" The song was designed to incorporate lyrical and musical elements that were annoying to most people. These elements included bagpipes, cowboy music, an opera singer rapping, and a children's choir that urged listeners to go shopping at Walmart. youtu.be/-gPuH1yeZ08
In the winter, when it's too cold for the male bees to do their only job (mate) the lady bees kick them out of the hive, where they quickly die in the elements. beeinformed.org/2013/11/0…
Today I learned about Pato, Argentina's national sport. A game played on horseback, combining elements from polo and basketball, where (originally) a live duck was used instead of a ball, hence the name of the sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
In the 1700s, pills made out of the element antimony were taken orally as a laxative for constipated bowels. Once they passed through, they were retrieved from the excrement to be used again. Some families passed down the same pill from one generation to the next. slate.com/articles/health…
Today I learned about The Radium Craze. At the beginning of 20th century, radium was a miracle element, it was used in products from toothpaste to soap, hair and face creams, in food such as butter and milk. Doctors recommended it for the treatment of everything from arthritis to impotence to senility. thehistoryvault.co.uk/the…
Oganesson, with an atomic number of 118, is one of two elements named after a person alive at the time of their discovery, and the only one named after a person currently alive en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oga…
Kix cereal ran a promotion where they intentionally included the highly radioactive element polonium inside an enclosed toy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kix…
Then-morning show host David Letterman was set to host the late night portion of NBC's American TV coverage of the 1980 Moscow Olympics as it wanted to "throw some entertainment elements" in. He never got the chance to as it was canceled due to the US-led boycott of the Soviet Union. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about eggcorns, which are words or phrases that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one that sounds very similar or identical (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line ). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg…
There are theoretical "Islands of Stability" in the periodic table. These are sets of isotopes of superheavy elements, that have far longer half lives than "normal" elements. Unlike most superheavy elements that decay almost instantly, these are theorized to be able to last for years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
The letter J is the only letter not on the periodic table of elements. The reasoning behind this is most likely due to the letter J being the 4th least frequently used word in English, as well as not being used at all in the Latin language. generalknowledgefacts.com…
Michael Jackson composed songs despite not playing any instruments. He would build each element of a track with his voice, so pitch perfect that studio musicians could match chords to his singing. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/t…
The Yuri Oganessian is the only living person to have an element named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yur…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
Americium, a chemical element, was originally named Pandemonium due to the difficulty in discovery and because Pandemonium meant Hell (the word is of Greek origin and the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost). Today, Americium's most common use is in smoke detectors which detect fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned about Yola, a language that developed from Middle English and was spoken in Wexford (Ireland). It went extinct in the 19th century and contained elements from Norman French, Welsh and Flemish. youtube.com/watch?v=RFl9p…
Many higher end, larger camera lenses are white instead of black due to issues caused by temperature fluctuations. As a lens heats in sunlight, it expands, affecting focus of the glass elements. This is particularly problematic for larger lenses. The white color helps reflect light/heat. petapixel.com/2016/02/19/…
Covered bridges are designed with roofs to protect and preserve the wooden structure from the elements. Uncovered wooden bridges typically have a lifespan of only 20 years because of the effects of rain and sun, but a covered bridge could last 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cov…
The element Cobalt gets its name from a trickster goblin of German folklore, the kobold, because when medieval miners discovered it and tried to smelt it thinking it was silver, it released toxic gasses they believed to be the goblin playing a trick on them. etymologynerd.com/blog/a-…
The isotop bismuth-209 has the longest half life of anny element. Its half life is 20 000 000 000 000 000 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
There is a literary magazine titled "Taco Bell Quarterly" dedicated to writing about "any and all elements of Taco Bell." tacobellquarterly.org/
Today I learned about the Druze, a religious group who believe that Jethro of Midian (Moses' father-in-law) is their anscestor and chief prophet. They also believe in the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras and incorporate elements of both major and minor religions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dru…
When you were born, you had 300 bones. Now you have 206. The human skeleton begins to develop 13 to 16 weeks after conception. At birth, a human has about 300 bones and cartilage elements, and many bones that will eventually fuse together are still separate, although joined by tough membranes. bendbulletin.com/lifestyl…
If a new element were to be discovered, we would have to create a new row on the periodic table smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The books / elements of Avatar The Last Aibender were inspired by a 17th century Japanese martial arts manual containing 5 chapters: The books of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void (spiritualism) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Outside the academic space Dmitry Mendeleev (creator of Periodic table of elements) was a man of unusual interests and the widest professional knowledge. It’s hard to count them all. He was a chemist, physicist, economist, meteorologist, technologist, geologist, meteorologist, pedagogue, aviator needforscience.com/chemis…
The chemical element Berkelium is named after the University of California, Berkeley, which is named after the city of Berkeley, which is named after the philosopher George Berkeley, who, ironically, believed that the physical world does not actually exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The characterization of Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars saga as an ambitious and ruthless politician dismantling a democratic republic to achieve supreme power is in part inspired by Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler. Other elements of the character come from Richard Nixon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There is an English book on atomic theory that avoids all foreign loan words: elements become "firststuffs", hydrogen is "waterstuff", and the title, Uncleftish Beholding, means Atomic Theory en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unc…
Today I learned of Julius Lothar Meyer who was a German chemist. He was one of the pioneers in developing the first periodic table of chemical elements. Both Mendeleev and Meyer worked with Robert Bunsen. He never used his first given name, and was known throughout his life simply as Lothar Meyer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Than motherboard and other electronics element, like hdd and cars, use one of the most expensive metal on Earth with the Palladium (more expensive than gold) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Ten elements have been found in the mineral ore extracted from a modest feldspar mine in the small village of Ytterby on the Swedish island of ResarΓΆ. At least four of these elementsβ€” Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb), and Ytterbium (Yb)β€”are named after the village. amusingplanet.com/2017/08…
The Jurassic period is named after the french moutain of Jura where geological elements of that period were named "terrains jurassiques" in 1829 by Alexandre Brongniart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
Today I learned about Mulliken Electronegativity also known as absolute electronegativity. It’s the other type of electronegativity that was developed based on the average of ionization energy and electron affinity. It is more intuitive because it compares energy values of elements chem.libretexts.org/Books…
Tin has ten natural isotopes, the most of any element en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iso…
Despite being one of the most common elements on Earth, aluminum was hard to isolate until the 1800s. It wasn't widely used for everyday things like coins and foil until the 1950s and 60s. At one point in history, it was more valuable than gold npr.org/2019/12/05/785099…
No new chemical element was discovered in an US laboratory since Seaborgium (Z=106) in 1974; Livermorium (Z=116) and Tennessine (Z=117) are named after American toponyms, but they were actually discovered in Dubna, Russia sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Doubly labeled water is water in which both the hydrogen and the oxygen have been partly or completely replaced with an uncommon isotope of these elements for tracing purposes. In particular, DLW can be used to measure the average daily metabolic rate of an organism over a period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Indium the element was not named for India, but for indigo the color. The spectrum of indium has a bright emission line at 451 nm and happened to correspond with one of Isaac Newton's rainbow colors. episodictable.com/indium/
Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist and teacher, devised the periodic table. In 1867, one day after working for three straight days, he got the inspiration from a dream: "Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.” He named his discovery the β€œperiodic table of the elements.” khanacademy.org/partner-c…
The energy required to fuse iron and heavier elements is greater than the energy created during the fusion process en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iro…
Disney's "Enchanted" film was originally written as a R-rated comedy princess movie with borrowed elements from "American Pie" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" that focused heavily on sex and profanity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
The Emperor of Japan is personally bankrolling his nation's search for Ununennium, chemical element 119. eic.rsc.org/feature/the-h…
There's a genre of music called Breakcore that utilizes traditional elements of hardcore, breakbeat, and drum n bass but at insane tempos and in non-traditional song structures and time signatures usually through manipulating samples. Venetian Snares is an example of one such artist. wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakc…

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