Monthly Archives: May 2016

088 - Radium Button 2
Although the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has a standard periodic table and list of chemical elements, the names and symbols you see on your periodic table often depend on which language you speak and country you live in. Here’s a table of element names in different […]

Element Names in Different Languages

Green Trinitite or Alamogordo Glass (Shaddack) 1
This pretty green glass formed as a result of the Trinity Nuclear Test near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Although it is radioactive, it is safe to handle and valued by collectors. Chemically, trinitite is mostly fused sand, or silicon dioxide. It is quartz with feldspar and various […]

What Is Trinitite or Alamogordo Glass?

Mandelbrot Fractal
Since I’ve started making fractal art, I’ve been asked many times, “What is a fractal?” and “Yes, they look pretty, but what good are they?” Here are the basics. What Is a Fractal? A fractal is a mathematical equation that displays a repeating pattern, no matter what scale you examine […]

What a Fractal Is and Why You Should Care