STEM in Context

The newest chemical elements

The Newest Elements on the Periodic Table

The periodic table was last updated in 2016 with four new chemical elements. What is a chemical element? What is the atomic structure of the newest chemical elements? How did they get their names?
A variety of lava lamps

Lava Lamps

Lava lamps are very interesting to look at. But they are also interesting examples of buoyancy, heat transfer and solubility!
Artist’s conception of NASA’s Space Launch System

Escape Velocity

Why do a baseball and a rocket need the same launch speed to get from Earth into space? It has to do with physics and gravitational force.