52. Tellurium: To Hell You Ride

Collecting elements can be risky business. Tellurium is one of those elements that poses a dire threat — not to one’s health, but to the element collector’s reputation in polite society.

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43. Technetium: Naturally Synthetic

It’s only after we gave up searching for this element that we found it out in the universe.

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36. Krypton: It’s A Metric

Like argon, today’s noble gas coincidentally features prominently in science fiction — albeit in name only. But krypton also takes a place in the science factual story of international weights and measures.

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32. Germanium: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Silicon gets all the press, but germanium was the real trailblazer of the Information Age.

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