Guess What Element I am…

I am a useful element with many practical applications, however I am not found readily and many silly humans trade me for money.  I am a transition metal that can be easily mixed with other metals to form useful alloys that conduct electricity and heat extremely well.  On my own, no other metal can rival my electrical conductivity.  My contact resistance is also the lowest in the periodic table, meaning if you brushed two of me together, sparks would fly (technically they wouldn’t, sparks=high resistance)! If you used me to make your house’s electrical wiring, you’d be broke, but your lights would be slightly brighter.  Like copper, I have natural disinfectant properties and can be used as an antiseptic when compounded with other elements.  My thermal conductivity is higher than all other elements in the periodic table!  I am commonly used for my stain and tarnish-resistant properties and am occasionally used to coat silverware. Apart from the ultraviolet spectrum, I am an excellent reflector of light and can be used to make thin shiny coatings for applications in photography.  My halide form can even absorb light in such a way that it records patterns and retains them for short periods of time!  I am slightly harder than my oft-coveted counterpart used to back the federal reserve, however we are both used to make Olympic medals.  Strangely enough, I am sometimes used in a special type of food coloring, but it’s not approved by the FDA so don’t ingest me!  Controversially, the iodide form of me was used several times in China to control the weather, most notably around the 2008 Olympics to prevent it from raining in the city area.

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2 thoughts on “Guess What Element I am…

  1. obviously like your website however you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to tell the truth however I will surely come back again.

    • Thank you for reading! I am making an effort to go back through and fix some of my spelling problems, hopefully it will be more typo-free in the future. Thanks!

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