Meet the super tutors: hired to teach five-year-olds Ancient Greek, Chinese and philosophy
Meet the super tutors: Hired to teach five-year-olds Ancient Greek, Chinese and philosophy
12:07 PM on 10th June 2011
Extra homework: Gwyneth Paltrow and son Moses
Aspiration: Children of the rich and famous are being tutored outside of school in a bid to get into establishments such as Eton, pictured
Sought after: Modern-day Mary Poppins are in high demand
Gifts: Private tutors have been known to receive bottles of fine wine, port and chocolate
IT”S NEW ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON
Are you easily excited Then look away now — this is bound to be too much for you. Two — yes, two — new elements have been added to the periodic table, GWYNETH REES writes.
The elements have been temporarily named ununquadium and ununhexium, presumably until someone can come up with something more pronounceable.
Scientists spent three years deciding if they should be included in the table — which groups chemical elements by their respective properties — before giving the green light.
The new elements are produced by ‘smashing’ together the nuclei of lighter atoms, and they last for less than a second before decaying.
But what use could there be for an element with a shelf-life of only a few milliseconds Scientists are optimistic they could have a use in computer technology, weaponry, medicine and nuclear energy.
But Dr Terry Renner, executive director of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, says: ‘No one really knows, and it’s really all theoretical.’
Oh dear, he doesn’t sound very excited, does he And he should be in his element.