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 pureátungsten, and successfully hocking them through reputable dealers may not be the most scrupulous business people, but they have not lacked in ingenuity. (Read: More Tungsten-Filled Bars Found in New York).
Finally, at the other end of the hardness spectrum is gallium, a metal that melts at 85.58░F (29.76░C). When combined with indium and tin this melting point is even lower still, making the alloy - often referred to asáGalinstan«á- 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!