News round-up: New elements, Olympicene, Venus, SpaceX & Neutrinos

Guest contributor Conor McKeever kicks off our new fortnightly round-up of the key science news of the last few weeks. Two more place cards at the Periodic Table Video: youtube | periodicvideos Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint […]

Science Behind the Photo #41

Rainbow Crystals X-ray crystallography is one way of finding out what a molecule consists of. It can show which atoms are present in a substance and how they are connected to one another. This involves crystallising the compound, firing X-rays at the crystal and analysing the diffraction pattern that results. However, not all compounds naturally […]

Science Behind the Photo #20

  Chicken wire is great for describing graphene – it’s often used by scientists when talking about the new wonder-material. Imagine there’s one atom of carbon at every point of every hexagon and that the wires are bonds joining the carbon atoms together.  Then imagine that the whole photograph is only a few nanometres across (1 nanometre […]