New interactive periodic table shows how each element influences daily life

July 13, 2017 by  
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How do gallium and tantalum influence your daily life? Quite a bit, it turns out. Gallium is a component of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs , while tantalum can be found in mobile phones . Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen designed the interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words to show just how much those seemingly-obscure elements on the periodic table play a role in our lives. Scandium is found in bicycles ; palladium is used for pollution control . These tidbits are just a few of the facts you can find out on Enevoldsen’s interactive periodic table, targeted towards kids but still informative for adults. Bet you didn’t know there’s krypton in flashlights, antimony in car batteries , or strontium in fireworks? Related: New periodic table shows the cosmic origins of your body’s elements Each element on the interactive table comes with a description and a list of a few different uses. The tables are color-coded to show how the elements are grouped together, and symbols indicate whether an element is a solid, liquid, or gas. Other symbols show whether the element is common in the human body or in the earth’s crust, and if it’s radioactive , magnetic, noble, and rarely or never found in nature . Enevoldsen updates his tables when new elements are added. For example, in November 2016 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry approved four brand new element names – 113 Nihonium (Nh), 115 Moscovium (Mc), 117 Tennessine (Ts), and 118 Oganesson (Og) – and Enevoldsen added them to his charts. He offers the tables in different formats, in words or in pictures, as posters available for purchase online . He also offers print-your-own element flash cards. Enevoldsen also runs a website called ThinkZone with miscellaneous thought experiments and resources for mathematics, language, science, history, geography, art, and music. + The Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words Images © Keith Enevoldsen and via Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

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New periodic table shows the cosmic origins of your body’s elements

January 24, 2017 by  
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Believe it or not, your body is largely made of the products from exploding stars, cosmic ray fission, and other Star Trek-esque phenomena. The stellar origins of every atom in your body trace back to the Big Bang , and are now outlined for your enjoyment in a new periodic table that classifies all the elements that make up life on Earth, according to their origin. Ohio State University astronomer Jennifer A. Johnson concocted the colorful table to give folks a better idea of where the ingredients for every living human originally came from. According to Science Alert , the human body is made up mostly of hydrogen, the most common atom in the universe, produced during the Big Bank about 13.8 billion years ago. The remainder of your body’s atoms are the product of ancient stars that merged, exploded and died over the billions of years since the universe was first forged. Others are the result of cosmic rays of high-energy radiation that come from outside our solar system . Related: Scientists observe the light spectrum of antimatter for the first time ever According to Johnson, her periodic table accounts only for the main elements of the human body, while others were cut in an effort to make the chart as relevant as possible. “Tc, Pm, and the elements beyond U do not have long-lived or stable isotopes. I have ignored the elements beyond U in this plot, but not including Tc and Pm looked weird, so I have included them in grey,” she says on her blog . The new table builds on work Johnson did in 2008, with her colleague Inese Ivans from the University of Utah . They launched into the work of putting this table together out of frustration over constantly having to explain which elements go with which process on a periodic table. What they’ve created is a periodic table that identifies the six sources of elements in our body and breaks them down by the stellar process that resulted in their formation. The colors correspond to the various elements and the way they fill up the boxes shows how much of that element is linked to a certain cosmic process or event. Via Science Alert Images via Wikimedia Commons and Jennifer A. Johnson

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Solar Team Great Britain designs the UK’s first family-sized solar-powered car

January 24, 2017 by  
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Solar Team Great Britain has created the UK’s first family-sized solar-powered car . The newly formed team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them build what it hopes will win the title as the world’s fastest solar-powered car at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia, later this year. The challenge covers 3,022 km from Darwin to Adelaide and is labeled as the world’s toughest and longest competition for solar cars. Solar Team Great Britain is hoping to raise at least $25,000 via the Kickstarter campaign, which will help cover part of the costs to build the unique solar-powered vehicle. While the Kickstarter campaign will only raise about five percent of the funds the team needs, the campaign is also being run to raise public awareness of both the race and the need for more clean transportation . The team is also backed by over a dozen sponsors, which will help raise the additional money required to bring the four-passenger vehicle to life. Related: Sono Motors crowdfunds groundbreaking solar-powered car “We’ve been keen since the project’s inception to get more people on board with its goals. While only forming a small part of the total we need, we felt this could help highlight the work being done and get the public backing and awareness for solar cars … and joins initiatives like working with schools.” At the race in October, the team will compete in the Cruiser Class category, where the winner must balance not just speed but practicality and energy efficiency . In the 2013 race, a four-seater family car traveled the route with an external energy consumption of only 64 kWh. To compare, a typical family car traveling the same route would have an energy consumption of approximately 5,000 kWh. + Solar Team Great Britain

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How To Green Your Outdoor Deck Maintenance Routine

September 28, 2016 by  
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Summer takes its toll on outdoor decks: the elements, foot traffic, pets, runoff from the roof and plant debris — it all adds up. It’s unavoidable. Regular outdoor deck maintenance ensures that your deck not only looks better but stays structurally…

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Extraordinary spray-on coating makes any object almost indestructible

September 16, 2016 by  
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Line-X sells a range of tough, durable coatings meant to help line the beds of trucks to protect the vehicle from rain and other elements. However, as the team from YouTube channel How Ridiculous recently found out, it can also be used to render everyday objects virtually indestructible – including melons, eggs, and even lightbulbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCH7czRPz8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=HowRidiculous In a recent video, the team sprayed a whole watermelon with Line-X and threw it off a 150-foot tower. Rather than smashing into pulp at the bottom, the melon harmlessly bounced off the ground and flew back into the air. (The inside of the watermelon, however, was reduced to mush.) Naturally, this got the amateur scientists thinking about how the spray would affect more fragile objects. Related: Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop In their latest video, they put Line-X to the test on both a lightbulb and an egg – and miraculously, after being thrown from an incredible height, neither object shattered on impact. (Of course, that doesn’t mean the contents came out unharmed.) However, the video did uncover one thing Line-X can’t do – apparently the tough coating won’t protect a bowling ball from being dropped on the head of an axe. + Line X + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Shelter Pack emergency homes compress to 31-inch-tall slabs for easy transport

September 16, 2016 by  
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Gürsu’s design for the Shelter Pack won the Golden award at the 2016 A’ Design Awards . The emergency shelter measure just 31 inches (80 cm) tall when compressed. When expanded to full size, Shelter Pack includes a bedroom with space for four beds, a bathroom, a fully appointed kitchen, and a dining area complete with its own furniture. Each portable apartment takes just a few hours to assemble. Related: 8 Innovative emergency shelter designs for when disaster hits The intelligence of the design spans far beyond the shelter’s ability to collapse. Water spouts on the roof reduce the risk of leaks and funnel rainwater into a collection tank for later use. A rooftop skylight filters daylight into the living space, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The walls are composed of multiple layers of fire- and waterproof materials, which simultaneously protect the interior from damage while providing heat insulation in case of inclement weather. Overall, each installed Shelter Pack home provides 129 square feet of living space that can sustain residents for months on end. With numbers of refugees on the rise, from both war and climate change, smart solutions like this one will be a necessary addition to disaster relief efforts around the globe. + Designnobis Via Yanko Design Images via Designnobis and Hakan Gürsu

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Livin Out is brilliantly-colored, flexible furniture that fits in any space

April 23, 2015 by  
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Brazilian designer Diego Waltrick wanted to create furniture that could serve any function in any living area. By looking at design in a new way, he decided that furniture doesn’t have to be tied to any particular room or style, but to the experience that it can provide.  The result is Livin Out, a collection of pieces inspired by the colors and joy of Brazil. The collection includes five pieces: a chaise longue called Holly, a chaise named Serena, Up the rocking chair, Anakin the stool and a side table/ottoman called Bill. Each piece has seductive, elegant lines and is ergonomically-shaped. They can fit into any space and are durable enough to stand up to the elements while being flexible enough to suit a variety of uses. + Livin Out The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chaise longue , Diego Waltrick , Livin Out , Livin Out Furniture , modern furniture , modern furniture design , modular furniture , reader submission

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Kreoo’s whimsical, sculptural seating draws inspiration from rivers and streams

April 23, 2015 by  
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Made of marble, larch wood , and cork, KREOO ‘s “River and Stream” series of seating pieces evokes the soft beauty found in river stones. Ideal for either indoor or outdoor use, these pieces are fluid and elegant, and bring a touch of the natural world into any environment. The cool intensity of marble juxtaposes beautiful against the warmth and softness of the wood, complementing one another while creating a unique, whimsical seating arrangement. The larch wood comes in bleached, brushed, or tinted finishes, and the entire collection will be revealed at ICFF New York (May 16th to 19th – Booth 0832). + KREOO The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brushed larch wood , ICFF New York , KREOO , larch wood , marble and larch , marble and wood , marble and wood furniture , marble furniture , river stone , river stone furniture , river stones , Rivers and Streams , stone-like furniture , wooden furniture

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This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

April 6, 2015 by  
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And you thought we were just running out of oil. Think again. All around us are rare elements from the Earth; we use them in all sorts of products. LCD screens have a bit of indium; LEDs, lasers, semi-conductors and the solar industry use gallium, an element that can emit a small amount of electricity; and rhenium, a common element in jet engines, is one of the rarest elements on Earth. Many of Earth’s elements are running low, and a group of Yale researchers created the Periodic Table of Risk to illustrate how bad the problem really is. Read the rest of This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electronics elements , elements , elements risk , essential elements , ge less rare earth metals , heavy metals , less rare earth elements magnets , nature elements , periodic table of elements , precious metals , rare earth elements , rare earth metals , risk of rare elements , yale researchers periodic table elements

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Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

April 29, 2014 by  
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