Meet the Elements

There are 118 elements in the periodic table, from hydrogen to ununoctium

There are 118 elements in the periodic table, from hydrogen to ununoctium. Chemists at the University of Nottingham set out to produce videos explained each one (available at The Periodic Table of Videos). They accomplished that recently and are now improving upon their original work. Just released is a new video on hydrogen (below). And if you think you know everything about all the elements, think again. It’s easy to get sucked into watching more and more videos because they include plenty of weird little facts (e.g., liquid oxygen is blue and magnetic, depleted uranium can be found in airplanes) along with their experiments.

Their leader—the white-haired guy who looks like a stereotype of a chemist—is Martyn Poliakoff, CBE, chemistry professor and green chemistry expert.

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