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2012 Year in Review Pt. 2

By December 31, 2012

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A number of posts from 2012 looked at some unique, or creative, uses for metals.

The individuals who have been filling gold bars - and who knows what other gold items - with puretungsten, and successfully hocking them through reputable dealers may not be the most scrupulous businessmetals year in review 2012 people, but they have not lacked in ingenuity. (Read: More Tungsten-Filled Bars Found in New York).

Rhenium may be too heavy to pass off as gold, but it is the metal's density that has made it a useful component of high-end darts, as discussed back in May.

Finally, at the other end of the hardness spectrum is gallium, a metal that melts at 85.58F (29.76C). When combined with indium and tin this melting point is even lower still, making the alloy - often referred to asGalinstan- ideal as a replacement for mercury in modern thermometers.

If you have any ideas for stories in 2013, do not hesitate to let me know. Wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2013!

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