Element 44 is technically not named for Russia… but perhaps it should be.
Throughout history, copying information has been arduous, messy, and even dangerous — until one bored, depressed man figured out the secrets of selenium.
From freeways to firefights to unfathomable depths, vanadium can often be found quietly doing the hardest work.
Turns out ancient sages and seers might’ve actually known a thing or two. Also, is there a good reason for sodium’s chemical symbol? Na.