Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

Take a coffee break with us--5 to 10 minutes--and explore historical and contemporary mysteries and death surrounding the universal periodic table of elements.

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May 25, 2024 6 mins

The periodic table element krypton is colorless, odorless, tasteless (Hey. Like iocaine powder) except it is chemically inert, which means it really doesn’t react with anything. It’s essentially harmless. OR IS IT? Refugees from the planet Krypton might beg to differ.


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You’re a (Th)ORoughly bad-a** scientist, a true (Th)ORnament in the scientific heavens. Your name is Jöns Jacob Berzelius, you’ve been proclaimed the “Father of Swedish Chemistry,” and celebrated as one of the founders of modern chemistry. So, Jöns, since Disneyland hasn’t been invented yet, what are you gonna do next? Name the NEXT element discovered after the Norse god of Thunder—THORium!


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Where would the average person get toxic exposure to Zinc? How about a breach of 3 million gallons of thick orange-yellow sludge from the Gold King mine in Southern Colorado that spilled into the Animas River in northern New Mexico? And how on earth could sunflowers help?

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Could lithium, a periodic table element used as an antidepressant, be added to drinking water to decrease violent crime? After all, added fluoride in drinking water results in stronger teeth and bones. Studies have analyzed communities with detectable amounts of naturally dissolved lithium in their aquifers, and you’ll never guess what they found.

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Modern burial rituals frown on sharing a final resting place. Since all flesh is grass, in the end, our calcium-enriched skeletons tend to remain in our lonely graves. But sometimes what’s buried can astonish. Till Death Do Us Part? Not with these couples.

Music for the Periodic Table of Death was created by Gioele Fazzeri and published under Creative Commons License.

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In the bar, you see a drink billowing icy smoke and order one. The waiter drops your cocktail on the table, pours in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of −196°C (−320°F), and you quickly down the alcohol/nitrogen mix to the boisterous cheers of your friends. As the contents settle in your warm gut, the liquid nitrogen rapidly expands to gas at 700 times its volume and

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In 79 A.D., a catastrophic volcanic eruption rained death down on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Superheated gaseous clouds measuring 700°C (1300°F) swept down the sides of Mt. Vesuvius, destroying everything in their paths, including every living creature inhabiting the surrounding countryside. But this podcast is not directly about the infamous eruption. It’s about the bones and teeth of its victims. Mt. Vesuvius ch...

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How does someone use bouncy. colorful, helium-filled balloons to pull off a homicide? Because humans are nothing if not murderously ingenious.

Music for the Periodic Table of Death was created by Gioele Fazzeri and published by Pixabay under Creative Commons License.

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Remember you must die. The carbon in your body, as well as the rest of the chemicals that make you you are literally worth about a dollar, but get cremated and you can create a diamond out of your dead loved one that will last forever…Happy Halloween!

Music for the Periodic Table of Death was created by Gioele Fazzeri and published by Pixabay under Creative Commons License.

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The lightest element, Hydrogen, was responsible for the downfall of the largest dirigible ever constructed--resulting in the death of one crew member on the ground.

Music for the Periodic Table of Death was created by Gioele Fazzeri and published by Pixabay under Creative Commons License.

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Fourteen-year-old Jeanne Boulet was the first victim. Next, a boy, then another girl, and another. One by one, lone men, women, and children--by varying accounts 100-300 souls--were massacred over a period of four years. Terror gripped the region, until a silver bullet ended the mystery. Or did it?

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