This episode is sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment in reception of the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, and residency is hosted by the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
During the early 2 months of the Covid-19 pandemic with the stay-at-home order here in Pittsburgh, I took advantage of that time to research. Among many things, I wanted to answer several questions I had for the noble gases: when were they discovered, who discovered them, and the naming convention behind the gases. (the last one being my slight obsession with word and meanings/definitions of). I ended up on the Chemistry World website where I found this article. Now it took a little more time than previous permission but Taming Lightning has been granted permission to read the following article from the Chemistry World Magazine by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
You can can view the contents of a magazine for free with limited readings, but with Free registration, you’ll be able to read more articles per month before seeing the dreaded paywall. Which if your like me, not a heavily invested, it’s a perfect fit.
They also include podcasts: such as Chemistry in its Element, a weekly tour of the periodic table. (I’ve made a playlist on spottily called Elements of Plasma), and Chemistry World Book club, where you can explore popular science books and interviews with their authors, which you can find on any of your podcatchers, just like the one you’re listening to now.
For Full or unlimited access to their website there several options available: yearly access is $40, monthly is 4 dollars, and 30 day pass is 5.
Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. I hope you enjoyed the reading of A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases. I wanted to share this because we mirror elements of this in our own pursuits be it neon or plasma. We will find there are many fields to learn and understand, we will be challenged or helped by our contemporaries, and it all starts with what we have around us, well in the case of noble gases is air, and I encourage you to do the same with what resources are available to you. Thus I enjoy searching for interesting articles and papers that you can listen to as you carry on with your day. If you find something interesting that you would like to have narrated, please send me an email or Facebook message at Taming Lightning.
I’d like to thank Gill Cockhead, the contracts & copyright Executive at the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Chemistry World Magazine for the permission to narrate Mike Sutton article, A Noble Quest: History of Noble Gases. I’ve purchased a 30-day pass and hope to find other related articles to narrate.
Also I’d like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration, The Heinz Endowments and the Pittsburgh Foundation for their support through the 2019 Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, which allowed me to buffer my loss of income during the early 2 months of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people.
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As always Be Safe, Be Healthy, and Be Strong, and I’ll See you next time
-Percy Echols II | Taming Lightning
Image: Return to Hieroglyphics by James Akers
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.