Elements

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  • Propelled by its xenon ion engine, NASA's Dawn spacecraft
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    Xenon

    1 January 2009

    A knock-out element, xenon changed chemical theory of the noble gases

  • Pure gold
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    Gold

    1 November 2008

    Colourful in the colours it exhibits, and in its chemistry and uses

  • Americum
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    Americium

    1 September 2008

    Americium emits deadly radiation - but every home should have some

  • Magnesium
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    Magnesium

    1 July 2008

    Once the destroyer of cities, magnesium is now an energy saver

  • Crops sprayed with pesticide
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    Bromine

    1 May 2008

    Once so essential, now mired in controversy

  • Diamond ring
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    Zirconium

    1 March 2008

    Wear it sparkling on your finger, zirconium is also key to nuclear energy

  • Argon welding
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    Argon

    1 January 2008

    It's lazy, it's hard working, it's colourless, it's colourful - it's argon