Xenon

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Xenia
Xenon

Even though xenon is the rarest non-radioactive element on earth, it is used for many purposes, for example in xenon arc lamps, which are often found in car headlights. Its name is derived from the Greek word xénos, meaning "strange" or "foreign".

Iridium

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Iridella
Iridium

The name iridium is derived from the greek word Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, because iridium-compounds are very colourful. It is supposed to be the most corrosion-resistant element. It is used in many appliances, where persistence is important, for example in pen tips.

Technetium

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Technicus
Technetium

Technetium is the smallest radioactive element and thus a great exception among its neighbouring elements. It was the first artificially made element leading to its name: the Greek word technētós means "artificial".

Technicus the monster looks like put together from various spare parts. It wants to belong to the "good guys". But because of its radioactivity the other monsters avoid it.

Barium

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Barry
Barry

The name barium is derived from the Greek word barys, meaning "heavy", because of the density of its mieral baryte. It has only a few special technical applications. Barium is essential only for a particular species of green algae.

Europium

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Europa
Europa

This metal belongs to the rare earth elements as well as to the group of lanthanides. Named after the continent it can be found on Euro banknotes. Its fluorescent properties are used to make them forgery-proof.

Palladium

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Pallas
Pallas
The nobel metal palladium was named after the asteroid Pallas, which was discovered in the same time period as the element. The asteroid in return was named after Pallas Athena, an alternate name for the Greek goddess Athena. She is the goddess of wisdom, warfare and handicraft as well as name patron of the city of Athens.

Niobium

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Niobe
Niobe

Niobium was named after Niobe the daughter of Tantalos, who is namesake of tantalum – the element right below niobium in the periodic table. It is commonly used as an addition to stainless steel alloys.

Zirconium

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Zirco
Zirconium

The name zirconium is taken from the mineral zircon (ZrSiO4). The word is derived from the persischen wort zargun for „gold-like“. It is used for example in nuclear power plants as a casing for the fuel rods, or to produce bright sparks in flashbulbs and fireworks.

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