A Haiku for Every Element in the Periodic Table
Poetry for the science-minded.
Sometimes, when science and art get together, the results can be just plain-old delightful. Here’s one such case: Elemental Haiku.
The folks at Science have invited people to tweet a haiku for each element in the periodic table. If you’d like to submit one, use the hashtag #ChemHaiku. Or feel free to hover over (desktop) or tap (mobile device) an element to see its current haiku.
They range from cosmic hydrogen (H):
Your single proton
Water. Life. star fuel.
To the inspirational Argon (Ar):
They named you lazy,
But it takes great strength to resist.
To stand by. To shield.
To the heartfelt longing of potassium (K):
Leftmost seat, fourth row
Yearning for the halogens
On the other side.
To the caustic, snooty carbon (C):
Throw yourself at anyone.
Decked out in diamonds.
To the hilarious poser Yytrium (Y):
That is not a name.
That is a spelling error.
Or a Scrabble bluff.
Go and have some fun
Click and tap, amuse yourself.
Tweet one of your own.
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- This seems to be an administrative-induced blip on the way towards a green energy tipping point.
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The Boring Company plans to offer free rides in its prototype tunnel in Hawthorne, California in December.
- The prototype tunnel is about 2 miles long and contains electric skates that travel at top speeds of around 150 mph.
- This is the first tunnel from the company that will be open to the public.
- If successful, the prototype could help the company receive regulatory approval for much bigger projects in L.A. and beyond.
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- Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.
- Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don't know.
- The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.
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- Keeping a gratitude journal caused children to donate 60 percent more to charitable causes.
- Other methods suggested by researchers include daily gratitude reflection, gratitude posters, and keeping a "gratitude jar."
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Anatomy and physiology professor David Harper claims a recent study in The Lancet is flawed.
- The low-carbohydrate group in a recent Lancet study were typically middle-aged, obese, sedentary, diabetic smokers.
- The study was not a randomized, controlled, double-blind experiment.
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