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1869 was the year the Russian chemist Mendeleev noted that repeating patterns of behavior could be arranged in a sequence of elements, giving rise to the “Periodic Table.” See a copy of the original, part of the online periodic elements table from the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry Division.


1869 was the year the Russian chemist Mendeleev noted that repeating patterns of behavior could be arranged in a sequence of elements, giving rise to the “Periodic Table.” See a copy of the original, part of the online periodic elements table from the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Chemistry Division.

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7 areas of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission "Student’s Corner" include diagrams, descriptions, and animation of each type of U.S. nuclear-powered electrical generating plant: a pressurized water reactor and boiling water reactor.

17 links on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Kid’s Club Website include the Science room, where young people can try experiments, read an ozone layer comic, and learn about endangered species.

39.6 is the November 2006 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American conditions. It fell from 44 in October, the fourth consecutive month in which the diffusion-style index failed to reach the 50-point threshold indicative of industry expansion, says the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Unwinding of a record-breaking U.S. housing market was a reason, NEMA said; strength was noted in nonresidential construction and power equipment markets. Most of the manufacturing sector remains healthy, the group added, although growth has moderated from the very rapid rates seen early in 2006.

95 painful-looking safety-related signs are available from Association of Equipment Manufacturers sortable by title, keywords, affected body area, and hazardous action such as crushing, electrocution, entanglement, explosion, and falling. AEM allows download and sharing, with a disclaimer.

6,564,374,082 is the projected total world population, according to the International Programs Center, U.S. Bureau of the Census, as of Dec. 20, 2006, at 02:14 GMT (EST+5).

10 New Year’s resolutions via NH law firm Lane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton include advice to enhance business ties with Brazil, Russia, China, and India, 41% of the world’s population “increasingly prepared” to perform services and manufacture goods at much lower prices. [Sounds like incentive for greater efficiency using automation.]

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