Disappearing Spoon 36-70

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Nitrogen N (7)
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This element is the largest component of the mixture we call air.
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Oxygen O (8)
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In the pure element sample of this gas, flames will burn faster and hotter than in samples of air because air is a mixture of gases. Even a spark created by the Velcro on a astronaut’s space suit could ignite in this.
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Gallium Ga (31)
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Because of its low melting, a spoon made with this metal seems to disappear in cups of hot tea, hence the title of the book.
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Titanium Ti (22)
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This element triggers zero immune response when implanted in the body. It integrates itself into the body thereby making it the standard for implants. ex: hip sockets, total knee joints, and even teeth.
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Beryllium Be (4)
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This is a hard-to-melt element, pale metal that tastes just like sugar does, thereby, fooling our tastes buds but it is toxic to the body
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Tellurium Te (52)
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If split on oneself, this element will cause you to reek of pungent garlic for several weeks.
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Iodine I (53)
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In protest of a tax placed on salt in India, Gandhi encouraged the people to produce homemade salt which was deficient in this element. Using salt without this added leads to goiter and mental retardation.
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Mercury Hg (80)
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Quicksilver is the common name of this element.
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Carbon C (6)
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This element forms the backbone of amino acids which string together like beads to form proteins
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Silicon Si (14)
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An element often cited as an alternative to carbon-based life in other galaxies.
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Germanium Ge (32)
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The first transistor produced at Bell Labs NJ in 1947 had this semi-conducting element as the key component
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Helium He (2)
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Every star in the universe contains hydrogen which because of the extreme gravitational pressure fuses into this element. The cyclotron at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, NJ tries to replicate this process artificially.
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Iron Fe (26)
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According to a scientific paper written in 1957, B2FH, the final element, a metal, fused in a star’s natural life is a very abundant element found in the earth’s core.
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Lead Pb (82)
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The heaviest elements on the periodic table are radioactive and all-most notable Uranium, break down into this very stable element.
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Nitrogen N (7)
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The Haber process captures the use of this gas and mixes it with hydrogen to make ammonia. It is a key component in fertilizers and bombs.
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Molybdenum Mo (42)
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This element added to steel makes it much harder and more lethal when used in the bomb making process. It was used to make \”Big Bertha\” bombs during WW I. The biggest source of the element was found in Colorado before we entered the war.
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Tungsten W (74)
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This metal was coveted by Nazi Germany for making machinery and armor piercing missiles during WW II. Its symbol on the Periodic Table is from its German name.
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Promethium Pm (61)
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The last natural element was not discovered until 1942 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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Uranium U (92)
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The US used two elements when creating the first nuclear bombs. The one that was naturally occurring and dropped on Hiroshima.
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Plutonium Pu (94)
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The second nuclear bomb developed by the US used a synthesized and then purified element. The bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
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Seaborgium Sg (106)
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Glenn Seaborg was the only living scientist ever honored by having an element named after him. The element is _______.
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Technetium Tc (43)
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This element has been discovered for the \”first time\” more than any other element! The Germans, Japanese, Russians and the US all claimed to discover it and at different times as well!
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Cadmium Cd (48)
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_______ was once considered unimportant sludge in Japan and is now used as an anti-corrosive agent in batteries and computer chips.
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Thallium Tl (81)
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This element has the dubious honor of being the deadliest element on the Periodic Table. It mimics other elements needed by the body in order to gain entrance inside the body then attacks the atoms inside the body where it accumulates and is not eliminated.
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Americium Am (95)
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Smoke detectors run on the radioactive element _________ which is also a reliable source of alpha particles for experiments. Smoke absorbs the alpha particles which then disrupt the electric current and causes the alarm to go off.
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Silver Ag (47)
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This element traveled across pioneer America in Conestoga Wagons in milk jugs which kept the milk from spoiling, exhibiting the metal’s antibacterial nature. However, if you drink too much of this element your skin will turn permanently blue.
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Copper Cu (29)
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The astronomer, Tycho Brahe had a prosthetic nose made of _________ which left a characteristic green stain on his skull bones when he was later exhumed. The metal has antiseptic powers as well.
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Vanadium V (23)
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Although a powerful spermicide, it is not sold commercially, because it has a tendency to alter blood sugar levels in users unpredictably.
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Aluminium Al (13)
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At one time, this element was more precious than gold and therefore, we capped the Washington Monument with it because of the monument’s importance.
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Selenium Se (34)
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This element, found in high concentrations in the locoweed plant, causes \”Blind Staggers\” in cattle yet we need it as a nutrient in trace amounts.
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Xenon Xe (54)
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In 1962, a Canadian, Neil Bartlette created the first noble gas compound. This element reacted with Platinum hexafluoride. Its electrons are so far from the nucleus which will allow this to happen when reacting with very active substances.
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Krypton Kr (36)
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To get this \”inert\” gas to react, scientists had to lower that temperature to -240° F at which temperature, Fluorine can react with it.
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Argon Ar (18)
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The hardest element humans have horsed into a compound is ________. Back in the year 2000, scientists were able to lower the temperature to -445° F and react it with Fluorine, once again.
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Niobium Nb (41)
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Tantalum and ________ were two, heat resistant, non-corrosive metals that hold electrical charges as well and are found primarily in the Congo Region of Africa. They are used extensively in cell phone batteries.
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Polonium Po (84)
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70. The Curies discovered two elements while working with Uranium ore. They were Radium and _________.

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