• Question: if you were an element which one would you be and why?

    Asked by knew499tub on 1 Feb 2024.
    • Photo: Erin Pallott

      Erin Pallott answered on 1 Feb 2024:


      Well, Erbium and Indium spell my name.
      I tried to think of something funny, but all the good chemistry jokes argon.

    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 1 Feb 2024:


      Nice on Erin… Me I’d go for a diatomic molecule made up two elements… NO… it’s the only radical you can buy in a bottle! And I spent my PhD working on it.

    • Photo: Bruno Silvester Lopes

      Bruno Silvester Lopes answered on 1 Feb 2024:


      Gold…because it is expensive 🙂

    • Photo: Alexander de Bruin

      Alexander de Bruin answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      I would love to be Platinum – rare, versatile, useful, and important. However, I could well be Iodine – still useful, can be salty, often purple and sometimes smells odd.

    • Photo: David Bremner

      David Bremner answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      Lithium. Highly reactive, slightly dense and in too high doses can be toxic……..

    • Photo: Andrew McDowall

      Andrew McDowall answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      Tantalum, quite rare, a bit unusual but very useful. Withstands all that the world can throw at it but can still be easily altered into useful forms. That and its name sounds like that of a fantastic castle near where I grew up and where I spent lot of time when young.

      It’ll try to ignore that it’s also very dense.

    • Photo: Rachel Edwards

      Rachel Edwards answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      Hydrogen. It is very small, and because of that it bonds with other materials in a different way.

    • Photo: Zoe Vance

      Zoe Vance answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      I think carbon, it can bond with a lot of things at once and possibly because of that is the basis for all known life!

    • Photo: Sharron Kenny

      Sharron Kenny answered on 2 Feb 2024:


      i would be platinum

      its precious shiney and expensive . and also very useful

    • Photo: Festus Ejikemeuwa

      Festus Ejikemeuwa answered on 5 Feb 2024:


      I would be platinum – it is a rare metal but has huge life saving impact across different sectors.

    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 5 Feb 2024:


      I think I would be Yttrium or Ytterbium just because I think their names are fun and I would enjoy hearing people try to say them. They’re elements that not many people notice, but we’re starting to realise are a lot more useful than we originally thought!

    • Photo: Viviene Dela Cruz

      Viviene Dela Cruz answered on 7 Feb 2024:


      Probably Vanadium simply because its name also starts with the letter V! 🙂 It’s a metal with a silvery appearance 🙂

    • Photo: Julie-Ann Hori

      Julie-Ann Hori answered on 12 Feb 2024:


      Palladium – it’s rare and looks as nice as it’s well known relative Platinum, it’s as useful but it’s also lighter and less expensive.

      Plus it sounds a bit like a Dungeons and Dragons character my brother created for me when I was young 🤗

    • Photo: Kirsty Ross

      Kirsty Ross answered on 15 Feb 2024:


      Probably helium, because I often end up giggling

    • Photo: Marianne Morris

      Marianne Morris answered on 16 Feb 2024:


      Well, as a nuclear physicist, U know it’s got to be Uranium

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