27. Cobalt: Mischief Managed

Cobalt is a tricksy little element, which means the scientists who’ve dealt with it the most are some of the cleverest people to have ever walked the Earth.

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23. Vanadium: Beauty In The Background

From freeways to firefights to unfathomable depths, vanadium can often be found quietly doing the hardest work.

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16. Sulfur: No Mistakes, Only Happy Accidents

From Vulcan to vultures, today’s element brings stories of unintended consequences.

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15. Phosphorus: Dealing With The Devil

The history of phosphorus is largely a tale of people getting their hands dirty. Very, very dirty.

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