Scientist Discovers New Elements, Realizes You Might Not Care…

Even Einstein had a funny side.

A rather amusing story emerged when scientists discovered two new elements to be added to the periodic table. And before you even ask, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, something comical can emerge from a story line as boring as the periodic table.

Ever since high school chemistry class, we know that the periodic table isn’t exactly the most fun-filled, or even action-packed, element (pun intended) in a high school education. Still, the group of scientists who founded the element, led by chemist Ken Moody of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are having fun with the discovery. But instead of focusing on the process of naming the elements, or even how they were discovered in interviews, Moody is recognizing the fact that most people, simply don’t care.

Moody admitted that he doesn’t tell people what he does at cocktail parties “because people don’t generally invite you back.” Instead Moody jokes around his profession, while continuing to give his best in the office, producing such impressive results as discovering two new elements. This is comforting as well as funny because it reminds us that not all scientists are nerds stuck up in their labs, but are real people who attend parties and joke around about their achievements just like the rest of us. It’s comforting to know that even if he’s groundbreaking in scientific circles, he’s still a down-to-earth kind of guy.

So I think Dr. Moody deserves a sincere “Thank You,” from all of us, but not for discovering these two new elements. We should thank him for his understanding that many people will simply not care about his discovery, and the fact that he comically shrugs off this inevitably while continuing to pursue his passion. That’s commitment that should be recognized for sure.


Posted on June 13, 2011, in Misc., News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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