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The Periodic Table of Videos from the University of Nottingham has 118 short YouTube clips about the elements. Wired Campus recommended the Sodium clip (below). I liked it, too. It’s not quite as funny as Mentos in Diet Coke, and but it’s still cute and the narrator has a haircut like Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein.

H/T: Wired Campus.


  1. #1 Alex Besogonov
    August 23, 2008

    That’s nothing. You should see The Sodium Party: http://www.theodoregray.com/PeriodicTable/Stories/011.2/

  2. #2 Sandra Porter
    August 23, 2008

    Thanks Alex! I love the butterflies! I had no idea sodium could be so much fun.

  3. #3 Willy
    September 2, 2008

    While working in Milwaukee at a “maker of specialty inorganic chemicals” we decided to drop about a kilo of Na into the Milwaukee River, which was nicely situated near our plant.

    The explosion was so loud that it drew the attention of local law enforcement, who upon arrival saw a slight haze and nothing else.

  4. #4 organic chemistry
    November 28, 2010

    Sodium rocks. Always worried homeland security might call it a chemical WMD though. LOL

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