Sure, thorium could provide practically limitless clean energy, but then we couldn't build weapons of mass destruction.
Published 02/22/22
Published 02/22/22
We all know that radioactive rocks glow in the dark, except they actually don't, except for when they actually do.
Published 11/08/21
Out of all the characters who encounter radium in this episode, the only one to emerge unscathed is the guy who comes face-to-face with Satan.
Published 10/18/21
You don't have to have a degree to do science, but it helps.
Published 09/13/21
You know something's amiss when you set off the radiation alarms while walking in to the nuclear power plant. Featured above: A caption for the featured image. Show Notes This is one of those episodes I only got out the door late on Sunday night, so please excuse the mess around here until I can clean things up a bit!   Episode Script Radon is one of the noble gases; thus, its valence shell is full and it's nearly entirely unreactive. But that doesn't make it safe....
Published 08/23/21
The story of astatine takes us to Alabama, Dacca, Romania, Vienna, and California, but definitely not Switzerland.
Published 08/02/21
Sadly, it's no longer possible to purchase this lethally radioactive element for fifteen cents and a cereal boxtop.
Published 07/05/21
The periodic table shows the natural patterns and trends among the elements. Bismuth does not abide.
Published 06/14/21
We just can't seem to stop chasing the sweet, sweet taste of element 82.
Published 05/24/21
In which we learn how reading mystery novels might very well save a life.
Published 04/26/21
Even if you hate tuna, have flawless teeth, and only use digital thermometers, humans have historically not been shy about getting a mouthful of mercury.
Published 04/12/21
All other metals step aside, because today we deal with the king of elements.
Published 03/29/21
Sometimes, being set in stone isn't permanent enough.
Published 03/15/21
Alvarez noticed a great disturbance in the rocks, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
Published 03/01/21
This entire episode serves as cautionary advice to anyone seeking to add osmium to their element collection.
Published 02/08/21
Witness an incredible, unbreakable bond between two who couldn't be more alike. We'll also learn about a married couple.
Published 01/25/21
All right, everybody settle down. Welcome to the weekly meeting of the National Association Of W Lovers.   Show Notes More to come later, but for now: Portugal was neutral during World War 2, which was a difficult position to maintain. They were afraid that Germany might invade, especially after the fall of Paris, or even that they might be subject to a proxy war via Spain. Portugal also had a huge supply of tungsten, basically a monopoly, and the metal was in high...
Published 01/11/21
Once more, the periodic table drags us to hell -- this time by way of ancient Greece.
Published 12/28/20
The science suggests hafnium can't be used to create a gamma ray bomb, but that won't stop the U.S. government from trying.
Published 12/14/20
Let us ensure we remember the lanthanide series before we leave it behind once and for all.
Published 11/16/20
When Johann Bottger failed to turn lead into gold, porcelain made a pretty good consolation prize.
Published 11/02/20
We'll go to the land of the ice and snow... and figure out exactly where that is, too.
Published 10/19/20
Element 68 plays an important role in stitching together the World Wide Web -- for better or for worse.
Published 10/05/20
Hello, Listener. Under better circumstances, you would be learning about erbium right about now. Unfortunately, that episode is not quite ready yet. Between my day job and the possibility of a very big move in my near future, I simply haven't had enough time to create a quality episode according to my usual schedule -- and I probably won't be able to for the next couple weeks, either. However, I didn't want to just fall off the face of the earth. So I hope you'll accept my apologies for...
Published 09/14/20