32-Column Periodic Table

Welcome to the Table!


Specifically, the Periodic Table of Elements. Please join WC in welcoming Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson,  elements 113, 115, 117, and 118. Nihonium, will abbreviated Nh, and was submitted by Japanese researchers. The name comes from ‘Nihon,’ the Japanese word for Japan. Moscovium (Mc) and Tennessine (Ts) were named by a team of scientists from Russia and…

A reconstruction of the Earth's global mean temperature over the last 784,000 years, on the left of the graph, followed by a projection to 2100 based on new calculations of the climate's sensitivity to greenhouse gases (Friedrich, et al. (2016))

Trump and the Laws of Physics


President-elect Trump – it makes WC a little nauseous to say that, but it’s the reality – has repeatedly said climate change is a Chinese hoax. He has promised to reverse President Obama’s climate initiatives, and to take the U.S. out of all climate change treaties. The president-elect has chosen a climate change denier and…

Wallace's Line, as drawn by Alfred Wallace in 1863

Wallace’s Line


Alfred Russel Wallace, 1823-1913, deserves better than history has given him. Wallace was a naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known today for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; after all, his paper on the natural selection was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin’s writings in 1858. That paper,…

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F.U.D. and Climate Change Denial


There’s less and less that climate change deniers can seize on to support their claims that anthropogenic climate change is a hoax, or an illusion, or something than overwhelmingly established. The solution, for those folks, is apparently to make up evidence to prove your point. “Everyone knows” that scientists were predicting an incipient ice age…