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Uranium

Uranium

Perhaps one of the most potentially destructive inventions is the atomic bomb, and it relies heavily on the use of Uranium. However, this radioactive member of the periodic table functions in more capacities than just destruction.  Requires Some Digging Though Uranium isn’t exactly rare, it’s not nearly as abundant as materials like Carbon or Hydrogen. […]

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Carbon

Carbon

If you think you haven’t encountered much carbon in your life, think again. Not only is it one of the most abundant elements on the periodic table, it’s also the main building block in the human body—and the body of every other living animal.  Discovered Long Ago Belonging to group 14 on the periodic table, […]

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Helium

Helium

If you ever had the scarring experience of watching your balloon drift into the sky after losing your grip as a child, you can blame Helium. However Helium is more than a culprit for balloon escapes: it’s the second most abundant element in the universe.  Invisible but Ever-Present Helium is the first of the noble […]

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Hydrogen

Hydrogen

If you had a pair of special scientific goggles that allowed you to see all of the elements around you, you would see a great abundance of Hydrogen—not just on this planet, but everywhere. As the most common material in the universe, Hydrogen plays an important role in the lives of all living creatures.  An […]

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Sodium

Sodium

If the word sodium conjures up memories of feeling bloated and thirsty, you’re on the right track, but you’re thinking of this abundant far too narrowly. Sodium has a great deal of other uses beyond simply making up those granules you sprinkle on bland food.  Explosive Temper Sodium is the sixth most abundant element that […]

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