While out taking pictures of the snow, I stumbled across the empty Chemistry lecture hall with its light-up periodic table of the elements. Press a button on the control board:

Lecture Hall 2

and the element that you pressed will light up on the board in front of the class:

Lecture Hall 1

The thing that really piqued my interest is the fact that the last element on the table is 104 (Rutherfordium), identified as “Ku” for “Kurchatovium”, the name given to it by its Soviet discoverers. Combine this with the absence of Dubnium on the table and some Wikipedia magic, and you can pretty accurately date this contraption to the late 1960s. When this thing was put in, it was probably within plus or minus one year of Armstrong stepping foot on the moon.

It’s a modern relic. How cool is that?

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