Named for Alfred Nobel, of Nobel Prize fame, this element has NO known uses, NO known melting point. NO one knows its half-life. And its abbreviation is No.
So we have “no” in many languages, in Swedish blue and yellow.
This element was discovered in 1952 after studying debris produced by the first hydrogen bomb.
Actinium gave the name to the actinide series, a group of 15 similar elements between actinium and lawrencium in the periodic table.
I was stumped for an idea for this element so I shamelessly copied an image I found on the internet for Lawrencium. I didn’t have much chemistry, and all those spirals are Greek to me! I did learn something though — it’s fun to fuse and cut Angelina fibers, and even more fun to explore decorative stitch possibilities with metallic thread!
Thorium is named for Thor, the god of thunder. Thor’s magic hammer is Mjolnir.
America's first IRB missile was also named Thor.
10th century amulet of Thor's hammer from Sweden
Neptunium was named for the planet, which was named for the Roman god of the sea. The three doughnut-shaped “stones” stitched to the piece are fossilized segments of crinoids gathered from the shores of Lake of the Woods, Minnesota’s northern sea.
Discovered in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952, Einsteinium, element 99, must have made the hair of its namesake stand on end.