Lithium, Periodic Table

When Lithium Became the Anode


Lithium is dangerous stuff. The nucleus of lithium, consisting of three protons and three or four neutrons, verges on instability; it has the lowest binding energies holding the nucleus together of all the stable elements. That’s why lithium deuteride is the fusion fuel in some thermonuclear bombs. Lithium salts are used to treat bipolat disorder.…

"Doonesbury" cartoon, April 21, 1973, By Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau

Guilty! Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!


The Washington Post, the newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize itself for its Watergate reporting, self-censored Trudeau’s cartoon of Mark Slackmeyer’s screed. And, of course, Trudeau (and Slackmeyer) were absolutely correct. Nixon’s attorney general and campaign manager was found guilty in 1977 of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half…

Rep. Mark Meadows, who promised in 2012 to send President Obama "back to Kenya." U.S. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Parsing Republican Responses


It has been instructive to watch Republican responses to Trump’s behavior and the empowered impeachment effort. The few Republicans who still put their principles over politics – you can count them on one hand with digits left over – have made their positions clear. Senators Romney (R, Utah) and Sasse (R, Nebraska) have been clear…