Elementally speaking, Universe Today is a science blog. Screenshot showing a part of David Bradley's Periodic Table of Sciece Bloggers.  Can you find UT?

The Periodic Table of Science Bloggers

20 Mar , 2010 by

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David Bradley is a first-class science writer from the UK, who writes with a chemistry slant at his blog Sciencebase. He’s also an interesting guy to follow on Twitter, and coined the term “Scientwists.” David also must be incredibly creative (or have more time on his hands than I could ever imagine) as he has created a Periodic Table of Science Bloggers. There you’ll find over 100 different science blogs, covering topics from astrobiology to zoology. While the blogs aren’t listed in topical groups similar to how the elements on the real periodic table are grouped, most are listed as an element whose abbreviation comes close to the blog or blogger’s name. For example, Universe Today is listed as “Uut – Ununtrium.” Check out this very cool periodic table to expand your horizons and bit and find some new blogs and new subjects to read about.

I have to admit I hadn’t heard of Ununtrium before, but here’s what it is:

“Ununtrium is the temporary name of a synthetic element with the temporary symbol Uut and atomic number 113.”

“It is placed as the heaviest member of the group 13 (IIIA) elements although a sufficiently stable isotope is not known at this time that would allow chemical experiments to confirm its position. It was first detected in 2003 in the decay of element 115 and was synthesized directly in 2004. Only eight atoms of ununtrium have been observed to date. The longest-lived isotope known is 284Uut with a half-life of ~500 ms, although two newly discovered heavier isotopes probably have longer half-lives.”

While Ununtrium is nothing like Universe Today — which is one of the longest-lasting blogs (over 10 years!) — the abbreviation fit well!



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vagueofgodalming
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March 20, 2010 2:33 PM

Golly. This will put Phil Plait’s nose out of joint, though not too much, since Pharyngula isn’t there either.

Not sure I really think of Jack of Kent as a science blogger.

On the plus side, he isn’t taken in by (or hasn’t heard of) Watts Up With That and Climate Audit.

The main impression, though, is just that there are an awful lot of science blogs out there. If I know 100 and you know 100, we only overlap a little.

EarthlingX
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March 20, 2010 11:56 AM

Thank you. Very interesting (as usual), helps with orientation.

Torbjorn Larsson OM
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Torbjorn Larsson OM
March 20, 2010 12:06 PM

Um. Blog element #115 Uup (Universe Plasma) is also known as Plasma Universe. Yes, _that_ PU, I believe.

Driven by one Ian Tresman, displaying a prominent article on “pseudoskepticism” (wherein if you aren’t agnostic, you aren’t a skeptic), and started because Tresman in his nearly singular interest in posting about plasma had to “overcome the overt pseudoskepticism towards the subject on Wikipedia”.

Not to put too much of a bad stench on Bradley’s vetting actual science sites after asking for links to display, but P.U.

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
March 20, 2010 1:19 PM

P.U. ? *facepalm*

Sili
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Sili
March 20, 2010 3:12 PM

The main impression, though, is just that there are an awful lot of science blogs out there. If I know 100 and you know 100, we only overlap a little.

That should actually allow you to estimate the population size if you consider the two samplings independent.

The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
March 21, 2010 11:37 PM
Torbjorn Larsson OM said; “Um. Blog element #115 Uup (Universe Plasma) is also known as Plasma Universe. Yes, _that_ PU, I believe. Driven by one Ian Tresman, displaying a prominent article on “pseudoskepticism” (wherein if you aren’t agnostic, you aren’t a skeptic), and started because Tresman in his nearly singular interest in posting about plasma had to “overcome the overt pseudoskepticism towards the subject on Wikipedia”. Not to put too much of a bad stench on Bradley’s vetting actual science sites after asking for links to display, but P.U.” God damn, I really hate being conned by a con-artist, especially when it is a known supremo and renown plasma universe con-artist. I had wondered why iantresman turned up… Read more »
sciencebase
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sciencebase
March 22, 2010 2:07 AM

Many thanks for featuring the Periodic Table of Science Bloggers on UT.

I’m looking into the issue raised by the commenters here regarding one particular entry, added in good faith, which is now on-hold…

db

sciencebase
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sciencebase
March 22, 2010 11:47 PM
By the way, I deliberately did not seek out the usual suspects for this page. Do we really need all the science blogs everyone already knows on yet another list? I wanted to have a little fun, create a novelty (some would say a folly), connect with some new people, see how virtually virulent a meme could be… Some very well-known science bloggers are on my PT, but only because they contacted me and asked for an element. Mostly, this grew organically. Readers may be pleased to learn that element 115 was assigned to British science writer Paul Sutherland’s excellent Skymania News (http://news.skymania.com) in the final version of the PT4SB. Thanks for your continued interest. If there’s a… Read more »
The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
March 23, 2010 1:47 AM

May more elements grace you pages…

Idea. How about the zillion of different particles in a table?

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