Sam Kean

Sam Kean is the best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb. His new book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, comes out May 6.

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Aug. 4 2010 7:29 AMBismuth: A Gentleman Among Scoundrels
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Aug. 2 2010 6:59 AMFrancium and Astatine: Why Aren't More Elements Named for Places in the United States?
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July 29 2010 6:49 AMRadium: Cures Gout! (Warning: Also Causes Cancer.)
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July 27 2010 6:57 AMCobalt: It Makes the Dirtiest of Dirty Bombs
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July 23 2010 7:13 AMThorium: The Nuclear Fuel of the Future?
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July 21 2010 7:17 AMThe Noble Gases: What a Bunch of Snobs
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July 19 2010 7:13 AMStrontium: Element Tourists, Sodium Partiers, and Other Periodic Table Eccentrics
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July 15 2010 10:06 AMRare Earths: They're Neither Rare nor Earths. But They Could Save the Planet.
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July 13 2010 7:04 AMNitrogen and Phosphorus: The Future of Toilet Design Hangs in the Balance
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July 8 2010 10:10 AMSelenium: Is It To Blame for Custer's Defeat at Little Bighorn?
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July 6 2010 7:08 AMWild, weird, wonderful stories about the elements that make up our universe.
Recycled
April 7 2010 2:34 PMPeriodic DiscussionsIt's going to take a long time for element 117 to make it onto the periodic table. Why?
Science
June 12 2009 3:59 PMPeriodic DiscussionsElement 112 was discovered more than a decade ago. Why wasn't it given a place on the periodic table until now?
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Aug. 3 2010 10:59 AMTantalum: Conflict Element
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July 30 2010 8:45 AMAluminum: It Used To Be More Precious Than Gold
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July 28 2010 6:53 AMHafnium: Building the Doomsday Device of Tomorrow
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July 26 2010 6:52 AMPalladium: The Cold Fusion Fanatics Can't Get Enough of the Stuff
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July 22 2010 7:00 AMPromethium: Uranium Stole Its Fire
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July 20 2010 7:00 AMGallium: It Proved That Dmitri Mendeleev, Father of the Periodic Table, Wasn't a Crackpot
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July 16 2010 9:56 AMYtterby: The Tiny Swedish Island That Gave the Periodic Table Four Different Elements
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July 14 2010 7:26 AMLithium: Why It Makes Such Great Batteries
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July 12 2010 6:52 AMCopernicium: How elements get their names.
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July 8 2010 10:10 AMHydrogen: Where It All Started
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July 7 2010 9:56 AMAntimony: It might have killed Mozart.
Art
July 1 2009 11:32 AMDoes Plastic Art Last Forever?Not even close. Can a generation of synthetic objects be saved?
Books
April 27 2009 6:50 AMWhere's Our Scapegoat?Meet Ivar Kreuger, greedy villain of the 1930s.