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Similar to uranium and neptunium, this element plutonium is named after the planet on our solar system. Plutonium is produced in a lab and is very radioactive. It’s very warm and larger piece can produce enough heat to boil water. It has a low melting point and an unusually high boiling point.Want to know more? Here you go! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium

Similar to uranium and neptunium, this element plutonium is named after the planet on our solar system. Plutonium is produced in a lab and is very radioactive. It’s very warm and larger piece can produce enough heat to boil water. It has a low melting point and an unusually high boiling point.

Want to know more? Here you go! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium

This is darmstadtium and the first time it was produced it had a life time of only 0.6 seconds! That’s less than one blink! It’s also synthetic which means it’s made in a lab and it’s also super-duper heavy. 
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This is darmstadtium and the first time it was produced it had a life time of only 0.6 seconds! That’s less than one blink! It’s also synthetic which means it’s made in a lab and it’s also super-duper heavy. 


Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darmstadtium

Bohrium is named after the Danish physicist Niels Bohr. At first it was called nielsbohrium but we’ve found no explanation to why it was changed. This leaves us with the only thought that it was given a nickname. And what could have been more suitable than this?Bohrium is also a synthetic element and very radioactive.Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohrium

Bohrium is named after the Danish physicist Niels Bohr. At first it was called nielsbohrium but we’ve found no explanation to why it was changed. This leaves us with the only thought that it was given a nickname. And what could have been more suitable than this?
Bohrium is also a synthetic element and very radioactive.

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohrium

This is nickel and when first discovered it was mistaken for copper! Coins used to be made of nickel but was later replaced by copper as a lot of people got skin reactions from it. Nickel is also magnetic at room temperature - imagine if our coins where still nickels? Then we could have kept our pennies on the fridge door!Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel

This is nickel and when first discovered it was mistaken for copper! Coins used to be made of nickel but was later replaced by copper as a lot of people got skin reactions from it. Nickel is also magnetic at room temperature - imagine if our coins where still nickels? Then we could have kept our pennies on the fridge door!

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel

This is dubnium and it may be one of the few elements that’s been through a name fight. It was produced in California and at the same time is the former Sovjet in the 60’s, and they simply couldn’t agree on the name! The IUPCA (International Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry) had to step in and gave it the name dubnium after the Russian city Dubna. The twist was over.Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubnium

This is dubnium and it may be one of the few elements that’s been through a name fight. It was produced in California and at the same time is the former Sovjet in the 60’s, and they simply couldn’t agree on the name! The IUPCA (International Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry) had to step in and gave it the name dubnium after the Russian city Dubna. The twist was over.

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubnium

Ytterbium was discovered and named after the Ytterby mine located just outside of Stockholm and it has no biological role. It was first produced and named in 1903 and 50 years later the first pure sample of the metal was made. Whoey!Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ytterbium

Ytterbium was discovered and named after the Ytterby mine located just outside of Stockholm and it has no biological role. It was first produced and named in 1903 and 50 years later the first pure sample of the metal was made. Whoey!

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This is uranium and it’s existence has been known for more than 200 years. It was named after the back then recently discovered planet Uranus. Even though Uranus was a planet visible to the eye it was the first one being discovered with a telescope and named after the Greek god of the sky - Ouranos. Indirect, that’s where this element got it’s name from. Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium

This is uranium and it’s existence has been known for more than 200 years. It was named after the back then recently discovered planet Uranus. Even though Uranus was a planet visible to the eye it was the first one being discovered with a telescope and named after the Greek god of the sky - Ouranos. Indirect, that’s where this element got it’s name from. 

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium

This element is curium and you don’t want to come anywhere near it. It’s very harmful because of its radioactivity and it gathers up in bones and destroys the marrow, stopping the formation of red blood cells. Pretty scary element!Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curium

This element is curium and you don’t want to come anywhere near it. It’s very harmful because of its radioactivity and it gathers up in bones and destroys the marrow, stopping the formation of red blood cells. Pretty scary element!

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curium

Introducing fermium! It was unexpectedly discovered along with einsteinium in the smoke from the first hydrogen bomb test which took place in the Pacific on October 31, 1952. It’s very radioactive and has only been produced in very small amounts.Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermium

Introducing fermium! It was unexpectedly discovered along with einsteinium in the smoke from the first hydrogen bomb test which took place in the Pacific on October 31, 1952. It’s very radioactive and has only been produced in very small amounts.

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermium

This is nobelium and it was given its name in honor of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator. There was a bit of a twist regarding the discovery of this element. Scientists from the Nobel Institute of Physics in Sweden believed they had produced it in 1957, but also scientists at the University of California, Berkeley said the same in 1958. However, after reviewing all claims The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry decided that the discovery was most likely made at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, in 1966. Problem solved!Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobelium

This is nobelium and it was given its name in honor of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer and innovator. There was a bit of a twist regarding the discovery of this element. Scientists from the Nobel Institute of Physics in Sweden believed they had produced it in 1957, but also scientists at the University of California, Berkeley said the same in 1958. However, after reviewing all claims The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry decided that the discovery was most likely made at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, in 1966. Problem solved!

Want to know more? Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobelium