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Zirconium

Zirconium

Strong, stable, and reliable are the kinds of qualities you want from materials in power plants and plumbing, and that’s why zirconium has such a wide range of applications in these settings. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it can add a little sparkle to your life without depleting your bank account.  Popular Properties Zirconium in […]

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Niobium

Niobium

Metal is a blanket term used in daily life, primarily because most metals with which people interact are made of a number of metallic elements through alloys. One such common element is niobium, and if you’ve ever flow on an airplane or had an MRI, this metal is to thank.  Resistant and Readily Available Niobium […]

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Rhenium

Rhenium

Chemical element number 75, Rhenium is a silver-gray transition metal in group seven of the periodic table of elements.  This incredibly rare element is known for having the third-highest melting point and the highest boiling point of any of the stable elements. It’s similar to manganese and technetium and as a wide variety of oxidation […]

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Technetium

Technetium

In the modern world, artifice is accepted as a part of daily reality, but the periodic table isn’t often thought of as containing manufactured elements. That’s exactly what technetium is though: the first artificially produced element.  Man Made and Metallic A radioactive, silver transition metal, technetium was first produced in 1937 by an Italian scientist, […]

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Rhodium

Rhodium

The term ‘precious metal’ probably feels synonymous with gold, or maybe silver to most people, but in reality, a different shiny metallic element takes the spot of most precious, and that’s rhodium.  Stable and Solid One of six metals belonging to the platinum group, rhodium also serves as a noble metal, meaning that it doesn’t […]

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Molybdenum

Molybdenum

When you think of elements necessary for supporting life, you probably think of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and others of the like, but it’s unlikely that a shiny, silver metal like molybdenum enters your head right away. Still, this transition metal is critical to a number of organic functions, in addition to being a handy material […]

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Ruthenium

Ruthenium

When you think of the periodic table, it’s likely that you picture highly technical devices and applications. In the case of ruthenium, that’s an accurate assumption, as this metal’s uses are almost always confined to high-tech settings.  Tough and Untarnished  A member of the platinum group, pure ruthenium is a transition metal that is extremely […]

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Rubidium

Rubidium

Some people can pick a fight out of thin air, and some elements can, too. Rubidium is one such material, a highly reactive metal that wants so badly to find conflict with outside influences that it has little practical use outside of the laboratory.  Akin to Other Alkali Metals Like its friends in the Alkali […]

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Krypton

Krypton

Though the name may ring some comic book bells, this element isn’t just Superman’s fictional home planet, it is also one of Earth’s rarest gases. This rarity makes krypton almost as elusive as the make believe planet that shares its name.  Noble but Friendly Despite being a noble gas (colorless, odorless, and possessing a full […]

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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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