A fifty-year search comes to an end, a periodic table ’round your neck, and lithium is looking as volatile as ever. It’s time for an Element Update!
Regardless of which planet we’re on, the elements under our feet are pretty important.
We may be proceeding through the periodic table full steam ahead, but I think it’s worth occasionally glancing overboard at those elements we’ve left in our wake. There’s plenty left uncovered by the episodes we’ve already aired! Let’s get into a few choice selections.
Featured above: a jet of hot, toxic space grease that occupies the space between stars.
Much of the information presented in these episodes will remain accurate despite the unrelenting march of time. For instance, the sun will continue burning hydrogen into helium for billions of years (unless we have a deep and fundamental misunderstanding of physics, but I’ll take that chance).
But other topics may benefit from further updates as time goes on. To that end, here’s the first in an ongoing series of Element Updates.