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Elemental discoveries – Hipsterium

Back in the day (well 1995) I created one of the first chemistry websites – Elemental Discoveries – it was a spinoff of my news column for the RSC’s young chemists’ print magazine New Elements (a name I coined to replace the old Gas Jar). Anyway, Elemental Discoveries was essentially a chemistry blog before Jorn Barger even coined the full neologism weblog on 17th December 1997; contracted to ‘blog and thence blog.


Obviously, being such a pioneer, such an early adopter, such an all-round ahead of the crowd smart arse isn’t easy. But, I can now reveal my secret. When I was studying chemistry I accidentally discovered a new chemical element (hence the name of my blog Elemental Discoveries), that element was element 0, the element that was there before all the other elements. I must have inhaled a whiff of this stuff, which exists in all phases of matter simultaneously – solid, liquid, gas, plasma, quasicrystal, Bose-Einstein condensate etc etc. Just that one whiff was enough to send my head spinning with innovative ideas and trend-setting powers. Thankfully, it was not quite enough to trigger me into wearing tartan trousers and faux National Health glasses…

Freelance science journalist for 0.25 centuries. Author of the amazon bestseller Deceived Wisdom. Sharp-shooting photographer and wannabe rock god.