Take a minute, or 3 to be precise; watch this short video clip. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Religion and science knock heads over the facts, yet one truth is irrefutable – there are 118 known elements on the periodic table. Interaction, violent collisions, explosive cosmic forces, a generous helping of luck have fashioned them into every atom and molecule in the universe – from the iron in our blood to artificial strawberry flavouring on our pop tarts – all derived from those elements. Life on our planet exists for no reason other than a remarkable string of improbable fortune. Even those who argue “god” had good reason to give us the strawberry pop tart, should take a three minute break to watch and ponder our astounding universe.
A link to the periodic table….
The video clip to ponder….
This evocative image shows a dark cloud where new stars are forming along with a cluster of brilliant stars that have already emerged from their dusty stellar nursery. Credit: Credit: ESO/F. Comeron