Alert readers who visit or “like” C&EN’s Facebook page may have noticed an item posted a few weeks ago that pointed out Slate’s periodic table blog. This month, contributor Sam Kean has been writing some entertaining posts on the elements in conjunction with the release of his book, The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements. In his introductory post, Kean says he’ll write about only 25 or so of the elements. Including today’s post (featuring cobalt), he’s written 17. So even though July is nearly over, that just means you have enough entries to occupy you while you wait for the next one. Happy reading!
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