An artist’s impression of electrons orbiting the nucleus.
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What shape is an electron? The answer, believe it or not, has implications for our understanding of the entire universe, and could reveal whether there are mysterious particles still to be discovered.
The periodic table of the elements on a T-shirt.
Damon Hart Davis
The periodic table is one of the classic images of science that is found in labs as well as on t-shirts, mugs, even set to music. But what exactly is the periodic table?
New elements were discovered in early thermonuclear bomb tests.
New elements found in the reactions of nuclear tests during World War II sparked the hunt for additions to the periodic table.
The expanding periodic table of elements.
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They might only last for a fraction of a second but four new elements have finally won their place in the periodic table. The hunt is now on to find even more.
A measure of temperature here may be different to elsewhere.
How do we know that a measure of something in one location can be replicated precisely in another. We already have a universal measure of mass and time, but what about temperture?
Element 117 is unofficially named ununseptium which is Latin for 117.
The hunt for long-lived superheavy elements has taken another leap forward now we’ve confirmed the existence of Element 117, also known as ununseptium. It was first seen briefly by a team of US and Russian…
A world-first image with implications for everything from quantum computing to microbiology.
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As the image above illustrates, my colleagues and I at Griffith University have been able to photograph the shadow of an atom for the first time – the culmination of five years of work by our team. The…
Researchers at Ohio State University have used a new ultrafast camera to capture the first ever image of two atoms vibrating…