Aluminum
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THE GOD ELEMENT
THAT MAKES UP THE
UNIVERSE
DISCOVERY YEAR : 1766
A special element that
doesn't fit into any
category
Suuuper
light
Multipurpose
Gaseous
It's actually
really dangerous.
Heh
The sun is
hydrogen
heaven!
Into the
light...
Hydrogen was by far the most common
element in the first few minutes after
the Big Bang, along with small amounts
of deuterium and helium. These gases
eventually formed the first stars. In a
sense, hydrogen is the element that
gave birth to all life. One of the most
basic building blocks of all life on Earth,
water, is made up of oxygen and hydro-
gen. Our bodies are also made of over
MELTING POINT
BOILING POINT
DENSITY
(GAS FORM, 0ºC)
It's also used as
rocket fuel.
Margarine is
hardened using
hydrogen.
60% water, and the double helix in our
DNA is strung together with hydrogen
bonds. So if you’re a believer, you might
want to begin praying to hydrogen. One
of the more recent application areas is
clean energy, where it might replace fos-
sil fuels. But even though it has helped
us in so many ways, try to not get on its
nerves. Hydrogen explodes if it comes in
contact with fire!
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Children know it from funny voices and bal-
loons. This ancient element could be found
along with hydrogen minutes after the Big
Bang. And without these two, no other ele-
ments could have been formed. They are the
only two elements that are lighter than air,
so maybe they’re kind of like the leaders,
looking down on all the others? But helium,
unlike hydrogen, is one cool cookie and
doesn’t explode easily at all.
THE LIGHTHEARTED GAS
THAT RAISES OUR SPIRITS
AND OUR VOICES
DISCOVERY YEAR : 1868
MELTING POINT
BOILING POINT
DENSITY
(PRESSURIZED)
(GAS FORM, 0°C)
It becomes a
wall-climbing
liquid at -271
˚
c.
Very fluid
What? Whoa,
it slid out.
Noble gas
Gaseous
Found in zeppelins
Sound
waves
Raises the
pitch of
your voice

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