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Does Silicon Conduct Electricity? (And Is It a Semiconductor?)

Silicon is a chemical element with an atomic number of 14. It is a hard, brittle crystalline solid with a blue-grey metallic lustre. Silicon is the 8th most common element in the universe by mass, widely distributed in cosmic dust and planets. More than 90% of the earth’s crust comprises silicate minerals, making silicon the …

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Is Glass Conductive? (Answered)

Glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that has a wide range of uses. Most glass is manufactured by quenching (rapid cooling) of the molten form although some occur naturally, like volcanic glass. Silicate-based glasses are the most familiar type of glass, and they are also the oldest. Have you ever wondered if glass is conductive? …

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Is Brass Magnetic? (Answered)

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, and it is similar to bronze (made up of copper and tin). In general, both alloys contain other elements including aluminium, manganese, silicon, etc. Historically, the distinction between the two has not been completely clear. Today, brass is used in a range of applications from locks to …

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Is Bronze Magnetic? (Answered)

Bronze is an alloy consisting of copper mixed with about 12-12.5% tin and other metals like aluminum, manganese, nickel, etc. It sometimes also includes non-metals such as phosphorus and metalloids like silicon. Because of the various additions, these alloys are usually stronger than copper alone and have other useful properties like ductility or machinability.  Have …

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Is Carbon Steel Magnetic? (Yes. It is)

Carbon steel is an iron-carbon alloy that consists of about 0.05 to 2.1% of carbon by weight. It usually also contains other elements like cobalt, nickel, and chromium, although there is no minimum required specification for these. It is used to create a wide range of products, from cutting tools to automobile parts. Have you …

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Is Aluminium Magnetic? (Answered)

Aluminium is a chemical element with the atomic number 13. It is the most widespread metal on Earth, making up about 8% of the planet’s core mass, and it is also the third most common element after oxygen and silicon. Aluminium is one of the most significant engineering materials in today’s world. Have you ever …

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Is Zinc Magnetic? (No. It’s Not)

Zinc is a chemical element with the atomic number 30. It is the 24th most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust and has five stable isotopes. Zinc was most likely named by the alchemist Paracelsus after the German word Zinke meaning “a prong’s spike/tooth”.  Have you ever wondered if zinc is magnetic? In this article, …

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Is Gallium Magnetic? (Answered)

Gallium (Ga) is a chemical element having the atomic number 31. It belongs to group 13 of the periodic table and behaves similarly to the other metals of the group (aluminum, indium, and thallium). Gallium was first discovered in by Paul-Emile Boisbaudran in 1875, and today it is widely used in electrical products. Have you …

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Is Pewter Magnetic? (Answered)

Pewter is a metal alloy made up of tin, antimony, copper, bismuth, and occasionally silver. It has been used as early as the Bronze Age to make tableware and continues to help produce decorative items today. Its name “pewter” is most likely a variation of the word “spelter”, an old colloquial term for zinc alloys.  …

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Is 14k Gold Magnetic? (Answered)

Gold is a precious metal that has been used for jewellery and coinage throughout recorded history. Earlier, most monetary policies were built on a gold standard, until the world switched to the fiat currency system. Now gold coins have also ceased to exist, and the metal is primarily used in jewellery, investment, and industry. Have …

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Can Goldstone Go in the Water? (And in the Salt?)

Goldstone is an artificial glittering glass that contains beautiful and reflective inclusions. It is one of the most popular man-made gems and is usually cut into cabochons, beads, and tumbled stones. Another name for goldstone is aventurine glass; it is based on the original Italian name avventurina ( “adventure” or “chance”), a reference to the …

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Can Chrysocolla Go in the Water? (And in the Sun?)

Chrysocolla is a hydrated copper silicate mineral and mineraloid. Since ancient times, it has been a popular gemstone for carvings and ornamental use. Chrysocolla gets its name from the  Greek χρυσός (chrysos) and κολλα (kolla), “gold” and “glue,” a reference to a material used to solder gold. Have you ever wondered if Chrysocolla can go …

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Can Topaz go in the Water? (And in the Sun?)

Topaz is a silicate mineral made of aluminium and fluorine with the chemical formula of Al2SiO4(F,OH)2. It is one of the most popular coloured stones and is found in places like Brazil, Sri Lanka, Australia, etc. The stone derives its name from the Greek word Τοπάζιος (Topázios), referring to an island that was hard to …

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