21. Scandium: Spoiling For A Fight

From jet fighters to sporting events to Low Earth Orbit, scandium seems to find itself at the center of conflict.

Featured above: An artist’s rendition of President Reagan’s proposed Strategic Defense Initiative.

Show Notes

Video Evidence: Not much in the way of notes this week, but two videos: The first does a good job explaining metallic bonding, and the second… well, it doesn’t explain cricket, but you can try to make some sense of what’s happening while watching Dennis Lillee employ the ComBat.

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  1. Swedish Chemical Journal, Lars Fridrik Nilson. Issue 11, 1899. Run it through a translator.
  2. MEL Science, Scandium.
  3. Encyclopedia Britannica, Metallic Bond. Last updated April 4, 2016.
  4. The Properties And Application Of Scandium-Reinforced Aluminum, Zaki Ahmad. The Member Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, February 2003.
  5. Aluminium Insider, Are Aluminium-Scandium Alloys The Future? Goran Djukanovic, July 28, 2017.
  6. New World Encyclopedia, Scandium.
  7. ChemEurope.com, Scandium.
  8. Minor Metals Trade Association, Scandium.
  9. New Scientist, Star-Wars Intrigue Greets Scandium Find. Tony Samstag, May 28, 1987.
  10. Cricket Country, 1979: Dennis Lillee Walks Out To Bat With An Aluminium Bat! Arunabha Sengupta, December 7, 2015.
  11. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility – Office Of Science Education, The Element Scandium. Steve Gagnon.
  12. N. Senesi, G. Padovano & G. Brunetti (1988) Scandium, titanium, tungsten and zirconium content in commercial inorganic fertilizers and their contribution to soil, Environmental Technology Letters, 9:9, 1011-1020, DOI: 10.1080/09593338809384663

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