UNUSUAL / METAL – THAT CAN MELT IN YOUR HAND (IN WORDPRESS)
A METAL THAT CAN MELT IN YOUR HAND.
Gallium was discovered by Paul-Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran at 1875 in France. Origin of name: from the Latin word “Gallia” meaning “France” and perhaps also from the Latin word “gallus”, (the cock, a translation of Lecoq, the discoveror of gallium).
There is an incredible metal that shatters like glass, melts in a human hand, attacks other metals but is non-toxic to humans, and acts like an alien life form when exposed to sulfuric acid and dichromate solution. It sounds too amazing to be true, but gallium is an absolutely real chemical element that’s found in some of the gadgets we use every day.
Gallium is the only metal, except for mercury, caesium, and rubidium, which can be liquid near room temperatures; this makes possible its use in high-temperature thermometers. It has one of the longest liquid ranges of any metal and has a low vapour pressure even at high temperatures.
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