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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.

Periodic Table of Death and Mystery Carol Potenza's monthly podcast, hosted by Laura Haas

    • Society & Culture
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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.

    Thorium and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    Thorium and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    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!



    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠⁠⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠⁠⁠

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

    • 6 min
    Zinc, Sunflowers, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    Zinc, Sunflowers, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    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?

    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠⁠

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

    • 7 min
    Lithium, Social Engineering, and the Periodic Table of Health and Mystery

    Lithium, Social Engineering, and the Periodic Table of Health and Mystery

    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.

    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠⁠⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠⁠⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠⁠⁠

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

    • 5 min
    Calcium, Lovers' Graves, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    Calcium, Lovers' Graves, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    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.

    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠

    • 5 min
    Nitrogen, Cryogenic Cocktails, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    Nitrogen, Cryogenic Cocktails, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    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 …

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

    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠

    • 4 min
    Fluorine, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    Fluorine, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Periodic Table of Death and Mystery

    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 charged the drinking water with fluorine, making their teeth perfect and their bones strong—before the volcano killed them all.

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

    References for this episode can be found at the following website:

    ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/hydrogen-and-the-periodic-table-of-death/⁠

    More from Carol Potenza and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, please visit her at ⁠https://carolpotenza.com/⁠

    • 4 min

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