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(Mother Nature Network)   Six important elements you've never heard of. Seven if you include surprise   (mnn.com ) divider line
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2014-04-09 09:33:01 AM  
6 elements?

www.rsc.org
 
2014-04-09 09:35:49 AM  
www.conspirazzi.com
 
2014-04-09 09:39:30 AM  
The only elements I need are Earth, Wind and Fire baby!
 
2014-04-09 09:55:38 AM  
Good job, Subby!!  Nice headline.

It takes a lot to make me spontaneously break out in laughter.  I guess you could say it caught me by 'surprise' and all I can think of now is buttsecks.

+1 intarwebs to you.
 
2014-04-09 10:00:09 AM  
I took chemistry, so I've heard of all the elements.
I don't necessarily know anything about them, but I've heard of them.
 
2014-04-09 10:25:15 AM  
When I read "6 elements," I was all, "oh shiat, not this again." But I was pleasantly surprised.
 
2014-04-09 10:57:39 AM  
All this Phlogiston-denial is unbalancing my humours.
 
2014-04-09 11:00:53 AM  

doglover: 6 elements?

[www.rsc.org image 640x483]



pbs.twimg.com

All right, according to the gas chromatograph, the secret element is... love? Who's been screwing with this thing?
 
2014-04-09 11:15:21 AM  
www.cardinalfang.net

Amongst our chief elements are such things as: Europium, scandium, beryllium, gallium, tellurium, dysprosium, fear, surprise, and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.
 
2014-04-09 11:24:41 AM  
Dysprosium (and Neodymium) is not "critical" for green technologies.  We use these materials because we have them.  But if they became scarce, we could very easily stop using them with no disruption to any green technologies.  So hardly "critical".
 
2014-04-09 11:39:14 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: I took chemistry, so I've heard of all the elements.
I don't necessarily know anything about them, but I've heard of them.


But can you sing them?
 
2014-04-09 11:42:17 AM  
It is the Mother Nature Network (left wing equivalent of Creationists).

That said no Indium? Fail
 
2014-04-09 11:44:35 AM  
Vodakium?
 
2014-04-09 11:45:43 AM  
i thought it was up, down, sideways, sex appeal, and peppermint ?
 
2014-04-09 11:46:59 AM  
But, what about the human element?

ellemenager.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-09 11:48:35 AM  
If you hoard these elements, eventually there will be a radon your place and companies will use them until they argon.
 
2014-04-09 11:48:45 AM  

Hollie Maea: Dysprosium (and Neodymium) is not "critical" for green technologies. We use these materials because we have them. But if they became scarce, we could very easily stop using them with no disruption to any green technologies. So hardly "critical".


What will we use instead of those in electric or hybrid vehicles?

(Personally, I'm still holding my breath for a break through with room-temp superconductors.)

Also, I'm a big fan of Scandium. I wish I had a little pennant I could wave with the word "Scandium" on it every time I see it in media. Go Scandium!!!

(Not listed, but is critical: Tantalum. We're running out. Need it for electronics.)
 
2014-04-09 11:49:40 AM  
A sequel? Did Milla Jovavich sign up for it?
 
2014-04-09 11:50:47 AM  

rikdanger: [www.cardinalfang.net image 360x254]

Amongst our chief elements are such things as: Europium, scandium, beryllium, gallium, tellurium, dysprosium, fear, surprise, and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.


Came here for the Monty Python reference and leaving satisfied.
 
2014-04-09 11:51:09 AM  
And how would space travel be possible without dilithium?  ih3.redbubble.net
 
2014-04-09 11:51:31 AM  

AirForceVet: scandium


Woooo!
 
2014-04-09 11:51:48 AM  
Upsidaisium?
 
2014-04-09 11:54:19 AM  

Hollie Maea: Dysprosium (and Neodymium) is not "critical" for green technologies.  We use these materials because we have them.  But if they became scarce, we could very easily stop using them with no disruption to any green technologies.  So hardly "critical".


True.  There are a few actual 'critical' elements and these are mostly the ones used for the vast majority of today's infrastructure (iron, copper, aluminum, molybdenum, tin, zinc etc).

These in this list are typically considered specialty metals as they do have a niche, but they can generally be substituted.   Here is a good discussion on the topic
 
2014-04-09 11:54:50 AM  
i.imgur.com

/just 'cause
 
2014-04-09 11:55:26 AM  

Sybarite: [www.conspirazzi.com image 500x211]


Sign of a truly awful movie - it rips off a bad joke from "The Core", a truly truly awful movie.
 
2014-04-09 11:57:03 AM  
I am sorry but I have heard of Zinc.  There is even a famous PSA named Zinc Oxide and You that most have seen.
 
2014-04-09 11:57:42 AM  
Vaginium
Marijuanium
PuddinTamium
SharpKneesium

BACONIUM!
 
2014-04-09 12:01:20 PM  

Destructor: What will we use instead of those in electric or hybrid vehicles?


Depends upon the use.  For things like Scandium, they are typically used in light weight alloys for structural components so this could be substituted with other aluminum alloys or carbon fiber.  The same can generally be done with substituting other materials regarding the electrical, magnetic or sensor-type needs required.
 
2014-04-09 12:01:52 PM  

stonicus: Vaginium
Marijuanium
PuddinTamium
SharpKneesium

BACONIUM!


That made me laugh harder than the headline.
 
2014-04-09 12:07:18 PM  

Hollie Maea: Dysprosium (and Neodymium) is not "critical" for green technologies.  We use these materials because we have them.  But if they became scarce, we could very easily stop using them with no disruption to any green technologies.  So hardly "critical".


http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Resource-Julian-Lincoln-Simon/dp/0691 04 2691

CUE Julian Simon.
YAWN. THIS "problem" again?
YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
THIS problem gets solved EVERY SINGLE TIME it happens.
1) we will replace it with something else
2) we will start processing lower grade ores, which are much more abundant than the high grade ores
3) we will start recycling more

You REALLY REALLY want to lose money? Invest in scarce resources and hold them for 10 years.
 
2014-04-09 12:09:26 PM  

Destructor: Not listed, but is critical: Tantalum. We're running out. Need it for electronics.


I can see a new source, but it's just out of reach.
 
2014-04-09 12:10:16 PM  

b2theory: It is the Mother Nature Network (left wing equivalent of Creationists).

That said no Indium? Fail


Second.


Also: Heard of, Heard of, Heard of, Heard of, Heard of, Heard of.
 
2014-04-09 12:10:19 PM  

Destructor: (Not listed, but is critical: Tantalum. We're running out. Need it for electronics.)


NO
NO we are not running out.
FFS people. We run out of the CHEAP STUFF for a short while and then it becomes profitable to process the lower grade ores. Once we start that process the bottom falls out of the price.

Rinse and repeat through ALL OF HISTORY.
 
2014-04-09 12:13:33 PM  
http://www.iom3.org/news/scarcity-illusion-rare-earth-elements

Despite this, physical depletion is not itself a pressing issue, according to Bloodworth. 'Earth's crust is a big place and we have literally just scratched the surface of it.' Instead, more likely to impact on supply are human factors. Geopolitical issues such as resource nationalism can restrict access, and ethical and environmental issues can complicate mine development. The biggest concern, says Bloodworth, is energy, as extraction technologies will require more and more energy to obtain metals from grades of reducing quality.

yes no and sort of
Aluminum used to be one of the most expensive elements on the planet, even though it is one of the most COMMON elements on the planet.

this is a non-problem
 
2014-04-09 12:16:04 PM  
Elements of Harmony:fc03.deviantart.net
 
2014-04-09 12:18:12 PM  
Holy crap you guys suck. THIS is Beryllium!


img.fark.net
 
2014-04-09 12:22:06 PM  

namatad: You REALLY REALLY want to lose money? Invest in scarce resources and hold them for 10 years.


That depends.  Most commodities are in a cyclical cycle based upon supply and demand.  If you invest in these 'scarce' commodities at the bottom of the cycle, I would not anticipate that you would loose much money in that 10 year horizon.
 
2014-04-09 12:24:31 PM  
Of course, the fifth element is Leeloo.

/Mul-ti-pass
 
2014-04-09 12:24:41 PM  
y'all can keep them. All I need is the fifth

faceplantreview.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-04-09 12:26:45 PM  
Six important elements you've we've never heard of because we have a bullshiat degree in journalism and didn't learn anything in school.

FTFT
 
2014-04-09 12:28:08 PM  
Narrativium
 
2014-04-09 12:28:21 PM  

Seven if you include, 'Surprise'


Why the zarking fardwarks is there a comma in this headline??

Commas are there to indicate pauses. Why would anyone pause between 'include' and 'surprise'?
 
2014-04-09 12:29:48 PM  
The 'you' in headlines like these is always a complete and utter retard who has been living in a cave.
 
2014-04-09 12:30:26 PM  
Jesus, MNN.  You've convinced me.  Guess I'll go turn that degree in chemistry back in.
 
2014-04-09 12:33:19 PM  
Tellurium, a silvery-white metal first discovered in Transylvania

Pardon me, boy?

i126.photobucket.com

/presumably used in transvestite transexual lingerie
 
2014-04-09 12:33:29 PM  
I thought the Fifth element was surprise, and the sixth element was Narrativium, which is sorely lacking on our roundworld?
 
2014-04-09 12:34:03 PM  

syrynxx: Sybarite: [www.conspirazzi.com image 500x211]

Sign of a truly awful movie - it rips off a bad joke from "The Core", a truly truly awful movie.


But The Core was still kind of fun to watch and it was still much better than Deep Core in which Wil Wheaton's character gets roasted alive.
 
2014-04-09 12:36:16 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Seven if you include, 'Surprise'


Why the zarking fardwarks is there a comma in this headline??

Commas are there to indicate pauses. Why would anyone pause between 'include' and 'surprise'?


It belongs, but is misplaced. It should be placed after "Seven".
 
2014-04-09 12:37:23 PM  
I read the Periodic Table when it there were only 92 elements. Well, it was an old book, but ....

I expect "everybody' or at least most people have heard about Gallium and Tellurium because they are used to make things like cellphones. Europium, Bellerium and Scandium should at least sound vaguely familiar. only Dysprosium is obscure enough to elude anybody.

FTA:  High on the list of rare, valuable elements is   (atomic number 66), which is named after the ancient Greek  dysprositos, meaning "hard to get," appropriately enough.

So it's not as rare as Unobtanium or Upsey-Daisium (Rocky & Bullwinkle)? But not as common as Narrativium or Surprise?

I like that. "Element of surprise". By the logic of Disk world, such an element must exist on Disk World, literally, where it is only figurative on Round World. I don't recall Sir Terry Pratchett mentioning it, but he may have. Perhaps it was just too obvious a joke for his purposes. Once you are clued in to the literality of Disk World, you can invent or discover such elements for yourself.

I wonder if this Dysprosium (hard-to-get-ium) is the same thing as Eludium (Warner Brothers)? Is being hard to get the same thing as being elusive? Probably not, I guess.

Now Impossibilium would be a great element to have. You could build impossible things, like time machines or the Heart of Gold (HHGTTG). It would allow you to make warp drives and shields stronger than Adamantium by creating stasis fields, and shiat, that's a lot of SF and fantasy references to process for one short post.

Short by Brantgoosian standards, that is.

In conclusion, let me say that White Man speak-um with fork-um tongues. Um.

Aommmmmmmmm!
 
2014-04-09 12:39:54 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com


"Of all the nations, the armies of the ununoctium-benders are probably the least intimidating. The xenon-benders come close, but their flickery signs are at least effective for propaganda."
 
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