The man who tried to fake an element
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 Published On Oct 21, 2022

This is the race for the periodic table.

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Big thank you to @CGFigures for the Blender geonodes help:

Further reading:
“Superheavy” by Kit Chapman. A decade by decade history of the labs who raced to fill out the periodic table. Excellent introductory text.
“The Transuranium People” by Glenn Seaborg, Al Ghiorso and Darleane Hoffman. An insider account of the element race.
“When Science Goes Wrong: Twelve Tales from the Dark Side of Discovery” by Simon Levay. Chapter 12 is dedicated to the Ninov scandal and has some interesting (and antagonistic) interviews with Ninov himself after the scandal.
“The Disappearing Spoon” by Sam Kean. One chapter very briefly touches on the Ninov scandal.
“Committee on the Formal Investigation of Alleged Scientific Misconduct by LBNL Staff Scientist Dr. Victor Ninov”. The Berkeley report on the fraud.
"Observation of Superheavy Nuclei Produced in the Reaction of 86 Kr with 208 Pb", the retracted Ninov paper in Physical Review Letters.
Nucleide chart dataset:

Music tracks are a mix from the Youtube Audio Library and Epidemic sound. Tracks in order of appearance:
Know Myself- Patrick Patrikios
Blacksmith - Godmode
Boards – Francis Preve
Fugent – Lupus Nocte
Knowpe – Noir Et Blanc Vie
September Pass – Asher Fulero
Long Road - Futuremono
Stranger Danger – Francis Preve
19th Floor – Bobby Richards
Sun Awakening - Futuremono
Grasshopper – Quincas Moreira
The Beaten Path – Andrew Langdon
Dark Matter - Chasms
Venetian – Density & Time
No Good Right – Freedom Trail Studio
Bonos – Coyote Hearing
MydNyte – Noir Et Blanc Vie
Seductress – Francis Preve
Last Echoes – Nylonia
Hiding DNA – Skrya
Absolutely Nothing – Jeremy Blake
Beyond the Lows – The Whole Other
Control Sample – Skrya
Ether Oar – The Whole Other
Familiar Things – The Whole Other
Fortress Europe – Dan Bodan
Insular – Nylonia
Komorebi – Futuremono
Far Away – Lucention

0:00 The Mistake
6:54 The Sea
13:00 The Captain
20:50 The War
27:15 The Island
34:00 The Miracle
49:30 The Goose-Chase
1:04:25 The Fallout
1:13:15 The End

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