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Bromine

Bromine

Bromine occurs all over the world in relatively high abundance, despite the fact that the isolated element is highly toxic to humans; but it’s not just people who have to worry about bromine—it’s one of the most damaging materials to the atmosphere as well.  One of A Kind This element is the only nonmetal that […]

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Selenium

Selenium

Moderation is key for most things in life, and selenium is certainly one of them. This element is critical to many life forms, including humans, but becomes toxic when doses are too high, so it’s a delicate balancing act that nature has mostly perfected.  Rare in Purity Selenium occurs in two forms at its pure […]

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Arsenic

Arsenic

The old phrase, “pick your poison” doesn’t generally refer to poison at all, but rather the choice between two undesirable options. When it comes to arsenic, though, there’s nothing metaphorical about the type of poison in play; in fact, it’s this element’s most famous attribute.  Unassuming but Long Understood In its natural form, arsenic is […]

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Aluminum

Aluminum

If you close your eyes and imagine a structure made of metal, what is it? A car, an airplane, or maybe a bat? Whatever you saw, there’s a good chance that it’s made of aluminum, whether you realize it or not.  Present but Impure Aluminum is the most abundant metal on Earth; despite that, it […]

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Magnesium

Magnesium

What element are you as likely to find in the ocean as in an airplane or your own body? Magnesium, of course! This alkaline-earth metal belongs to group 2 on the periodic table, and has a hand in everything from the function of cellular life to the fireworks displays you watch on the 4th of […]

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Neon

Neon

When you think of Neon, your mind probably creates imagines of flashing, bright signs illuminating the dark, but the element itself looks quite different. As a noble gas, isolated Neon doesn’t just lack the luster it’s famous for, it doesn’t look like anything at all.  A Member of Nobility Neon belongs to the far right […]

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Silicon

Silicon

Do you like long walks on the beach with the sand in your toes? How about your cellphone and laptop? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you owe your fondness to Silicon, because without it neither of those things would exist. One of the most abundant elements on the periodic table, this […]

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Fluorine

Fluorine

What’s more menacing than a highly toxic gas? Perhaps a highly toxic gas that is also highly reactive with every other member of the periodic table, and that’s precisely what you’ll find in Fluorine. Volatile as this halogen may be, it has found plenty of ways to be useful to humans.  Gaseous and Dangerous Fluorine […]

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