"Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today" due to recycling aluminum.org/industries/p…
There’s no β€˜correct’ side of aluminum foil to use when cooking. The difference between the two sides is due to a manufacturing process. Two layers of foil are pressed together and milled at the same time, because otherwise, it would break. rd.com/food/fun/real-reas…
The Capstone of the Washington Monument is made of Aluminium to show off the USAs wealth, because at the time of building Aluminum was worth more than Gold slate.com/articles/health…
Biting on the aluminum foil can be painful and is usually noticed if you have metal in your mouth from dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns). Basically, when you bite on foil, you set up a battery in your mouth and the electrical current stimulates nerve endings in your tooth. science.howstuffworks.com…
Scientists trained 17 rats to drive tiny cars; each rat stood on the aluminum floor of the car & gripped copper bars with their paws to complete a circuit to propel the car. By touching left/center/right on the bar, rats could steer to pick up rewards of Froot Loops morsels in the arena. cnet.com/news/rats-drive-…
During WWII, the Germans and the British independently discovered that they could use thin aluminum strips dropped from planes to jam enemy radar, but both sides refused to use this for over a year for fear the other would figure out the technique en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
There is an aluminum sculpture on the moon called "Fallen Astronaut" intended to commemorate the astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. (1971) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The Hindenburg airship which infamously exploded in 1937 was constructed with aluminum salvaged from the wreckage of a British R101 airship that crashed in 1930 killing 48 passengers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
The original XBOX prototype was literally a gigantic X. It was carved out of aluminum and cost $18,000 to manufacture, but you could actually play on it. polygon.com/2018/7/1/1752…
The cap of the Washington Monument contains 100 ounces of pure aluminum. Aluminum was one of the rarest and most valuable metals in the world – more valuable than silver – when the building was constructed in the 1850s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Despite being one of the most common elements on Earth, aluminum was hard to isolate until the 1800s. It wasn't widely used for everyday things like coins and foil until the 1950s and 60s. At one point in history, it was more valuable than gold npr.org/2019/12/05/785099…
Today I learned about "Fallen Astronaut," the first (and, so far, only) art installation on the moon. The 3.3-inch aluminum figurine was left on the surface by the crew of Apollo 15 as a memorial to 14 Americans and Soviets who died in service of their nation's space programs. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of 'elysis', a new smelting process for aluminum that releases oxygen instead of carbon dioxide. This new production process both cuts operating costs by 15% and increases production by 15%. Apple has invested $11 million in the venture behind it and is offering technical support. greentechmedia.com/articl…
The aluminum can industry saves 90 million kg a year by making the top 6mm smaller. youtu.be/hUhisi2FBuw?t=33…
The Washington Monument was topped in 1884 with the world's largest piece of aluminum, a metal then as valuable and expensive as silver. It had earlier been on display at Tiffany's in New York and stepped over by visitors who could say they had "stepped over the top of the Washington Monument." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
Ninja Rocks (Small Shards of Aluminum Oxide Ceramic) Will Shatter Car Windows Despite The Heavy Impacts Auto Glass is Made To Absorb vocal.media/lifehack/how-…
- It makes no difference which side of the aluminum foil you use, both sides do the same fine job of cooking, freezing and storing food. The difference in appearance between dull and shiny is due to the foil manufacturing process culinarylore.com/food-sci…
75% of the Aluminum ever mined is stillin use today, meaning a soda can you once used could have ended up being recycled for use in a Satellite or rocket booster aluminum.org/industries/p…
"Jade" isn't a single mineral. It actually refers to either of two different minerals: nephrite, a silicate of calcium and magnesium, or jadeite, a silicate of sodium and aluminum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jad…
Power lines are made of aluminum and not copper because even though aluminum lines must be 1.5 times thicker to match the same conductivity, they're still 2 times lighter. youtu.be/yn9qhQSMCRk
Aluminum Christmas trees were a real fad from the late 1950s to the early 1960s until β€˜A Charlie Brown Christmas’ killed the fad by portraying the trees negatively. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Aluminum Oxynitride or transparent aluminum is commercially available and is optically transparent (β‰₯80%) surmet.com/technology/alo…
Transparent aluminum is a real material. It's called Aluminium oxynitride or ALON and has far less weight and thickness than traditional bulletproof glass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
Aluminum used to cost more than Gold and only royalties, elites and governments were able to afford them. slate.com/articles/health…
The piece of metal with the American flag on the rock abrasion tool of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, is made of aluminum recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
The Hindenburg had a grand piano on it; but because they can weigh up to 1000 pounds, the ship had a specially-made aluminum piano which only weighed 350 pounds. airships.net/blog/hindenb…
The Ball Corporation, who makes Ball jars and Aluminum cans, owns a subsidiary who manufacturers satellites, other spacecraft and components. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Mercury 'amalgamates' with other metals like aluminum, causing the mixture to grow white, fiber-like aluminum oxide and destroy its shape, which is why it is against the law to bring mercury onto an airplane. youtube.com/watch?v=ZiWlt…
Aluminum recovered from the World Trade Center is now used to shield cabling on Mars Rover Spirit and Opportunity. jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.ph…
75% of all the aluminum ever produced is still in use today hydro.com/en-US/about-alu…
It takes 95% less energy to recycle a ton of aluminum cans than to produce them new, 1 recycled ton of aluminum is equivalent to saving 40 barrels of oil lbre.stanford.edu/pssista…
There are "combat dolphins" used by many naval forces in the world. They seek mines, look out for intruders, and locate/tag lost equipment. These dolphins can tell the difference between stainless steel, brass, or aluminum pipes that are buried over two feet in mud in the ocean floor. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Nanocardboard is made out of an aluminum oxide film with a thickness of tens of nanometers. Its sandwich structure, similar to that of corrugated cardboard, makes it more than 10,000x as stiff as a solid plate of the same mass. Shining a light on a piece of nanocardboard allows it to levitate. phys.org/news/2018-11-ult…
Aluminum used to cost more than gold gizmodo.com/how-aluminum-…
Yellow underarm stains commonly found on white t-shirts are caused by a chemical reaction between aluminum-based compounds (found in most antiperspirants) and sweat. health.howstuffworks.com/…
Mexico City's Museo Soumaya’s geometric, aluminum-clad form echoes the organic influence of Frank Gehry. This private collection of 66,000 works extending from Mesoamerica to modern day was founded, relocated, and housed at the expense billionaire Carlos Slim, who’s also made admission free nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Applying chalk to a billiard cue increases the amount of friction between the ball and the cue, preventing the tip slipping from the ball during a strike. It is also not made of chalk, but a substance called corundum (aluminum oxide and silica). legacybilliards.com/blog/…
After discovering Jupiter's intense radiation belt , NASA needed a last minute fix to shield the exterior cables of the Voyager deep space probes. They sent a technician to the local supermarket, bought all of the kitchen grade aluminum foil, and wrapped it around the cables. amp.businessinsider.com/v…
John Hinkley Jr. used bullets containing small aluminum and lead azide explosive charges when he shot President Reagan and several other people. When authorities discovered this, doctors removed these bullets from the victims while wearing bullet proof vests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Aluminum was once more valuable than gold. In the 19th century, NapolΓ©on III’s most important guests were given aluminum cutlery, while those less worthy dined with mere silver. sciencehistory.org/distil…
Napoleon III reserved a prized set of aluminum cutlery for special guests at banquets. Less favored guests used gold knives and forks. Aluminium was a valuable and prized metal. slate.com/articles/health…
On a rainy March night in 1999, robbers climbed atop a Loomis, Fargo & Co. tractor-trailer truck while it was being driven down the highway, cut a hole in the thin aluminum roof and snatched 270 pounds of $20, $50 and $100 bills worth 2.3 million dollars before escaping undetected. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Today I learned of Fallen Astronaut - a small aluminum sculpture of an astronaut. The sculpture was authorized to be brought on board Apollo 15, but astronaut David Scott placed it on the moon as a memorial to American and Soviet casualties of their respective space programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
Aluminum foil has a shiny side and a dull looking side due to the manufacture process. rd.com/food/fun/real-reas…
Miners were given McIntyre Powder, a mix of aluminum and aluminum oxide powder to inhale before work in order to prevent silicosis. brighterworld.mcmaster.ca…
Aluminum was the most valuable metal on Earth until the 20th century. When Napoleon the third entertained guests, his guests would use a gold spoon and he would use an aluminum spoon. youtube.com/watch?v=hLoAo…
Pop/soda in cans does not actually touch the can. The cans are treated with a plastic coating that protects the aluminum material of the metal from the acidity of the beverage within. reagent.co.uk/the-science…
Right before launching the two Voyagers, NASA scientists used kitchen-grade aluminum foil to cover critical parts of the probes to protect it from unanticipated radiation at Jupiter. It worked. businessinsider.com/voyag…
During WWII the Allied forces would drop clouds of thin strips of aluminum foil from aircraft to overwhelm enemy radar in a countermeasure known as β€œWindow.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Aluminum beverages cans are made from two parts each from a different alloy and the molten down cans are not suitable to be recycled into either parts without further processing. green.blogs.nytimes.com/2…
You’re banned from bringing mercury on airplanes because of its reactive properties with aluminum. faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe/
Soda is so corrosive, that without BPA or equivalent liner, an aluminum can would break after three days wired.com/2015/03/secret-…
A liquid metal motor can β€œeat” aluminum food and then move spontaneously and swiftly in various solution configurations and structured channels for more than 1 hour. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
A Roman goldsmith may have discovered aluminum metal 1800 years before modern chemists did, but Emperor Tiberius had the discoverer killed in order to ensure the metal would not diminish the value of his own gold and silver assets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned of the Beer Crowler, an innovative and cost effective alternative to the standard glass Growler. Typically 32oz and fillable and sealable on-site, these aluminum β€œoversized” cans offer easier portability and longevity for craft and draft beers. bonappetit.com/drinks/bee…
There is a plastic lining inside tin/aluminum cans like coca cola to protect the drink from leeching metals from the can. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Early Zenith TV remotes changed channels by sound. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that’s picked up by the TV. pushclicktouch.com/blog/?…
A Charlie Brown Christmas essentially killed the popularity of aluminum Christmas trees single-handedly. Within two years after its release, aluminum trees were no longer regularly manufactured. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
The San Francisco Fire Department makes its own wooden ladders that last many years longer than aluminum ones. gizmodo.com/inside-san-fr…
Today I learned of landfill mining, a process used to both recover materials and make more room. Many landfills even have a higher concentration of aluminum than bauxite, the or aluminum is mined from. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Pit stains come from the aluminum in antipersperant plus your sweat reacting to touching cotton, and is avoidable with aluminum-free antiperspirant thompsontee.com/blog/the-…
The Concorde supersonic jet stretched during flight due to the heat it generated. On its final flight the crew placed their hats into a crevice in the floor which appeared during the flight, as the aircraft cooled the crevice closed, permanently sealing their hats in the aluminum airframe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The spellings and pronunciation of the element aluminum in the United States and aluminium in England stems from Sir Humphry, who in 1807 named the element alumium, later changing it to aluminum, and in 1812 finally settling on aluminium. scienceblogs.com/worldsfa…
The Concorde supersonic jet stretched during flight due to the heat it generated. On its final flight the crew placed their hats into a crevice in the floor which appeared during the flight, as the aircraft cooled the crevice closed, permanently sealing their hats in the aluminum airframe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Aluminum can be recycled over and over again without any loss to quality, and a recycled beer can could be back on the shelf in 60 days. aluminum.org/industries/p…
The gold-leaf looking metal on satellites and spacecraft is actually aluminized polymide, plastic polymers coated with aluminum for "insulation". nesdis.noaa.gov/content/g…
Transparent Aluminum is a real thing -- Aluminum Oxynitride (AlON) is a ceramic composed of aluminium, oxygen and nitrogen. youtube.com/watch?v=OaYt6…
Firefighters have emergency fire shelters they can use as a last resort. They are made of aluminum foil and silica that can allow them to withstand heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Due to a time crunch, the Voyager engineers used aluminum foil bought from a store to protect the internal cabling from cosmic radiation pbs.org/the-farthest/home…
A Canadian-based company, as a joke, started selling canned fresh air, but the product became lucrative when marketed in China. They package compressed air from the Rocky Mountains into aluminum cans that sell for $10-$20 each. sfgate.com/news/article/C…
"Post-mortem examinations of humans with Alzheimer's disease show that there are high concentrations of aluminum in the brain." ccohs.ca/oshanswers/disea…
Recycling aluminum uses 95% less energy than that needed to produce it from scratchβ€”nearly 75% of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. alcoa.com/greenland/en/ne…
California has a recycle rate of nearly 100% on aluminum cans, due to fraudulent recycling rings articles.latimes.com/2012…
Oxygen is the most abundant element on the Moon even though it has no atmosphere; it’s bonded to aluminum, calcium and silicon on surface rocks permanent.com/lunar-geolo…
High-voltage overhead conductors use Aluminum instead of copper. Since Aluminium is less conductive than copper the cables need to be 1.5x thicker but, even then, they're still 2x lighter. youtube.com/watch?v=yn9qh…
A ruby is just a red sapphire. Both are the mineral corundum, a type of aluminum oxide, rubies just have a chromium impurity making them red. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Inside NASA's Juno probe, it has a plaque dedicated to Galileo with writing in his own hand, and 3 Lego mini figures (Galileo, the Roman god Jupiter, and his sister and wife, the goddess Juno) specially made by the Lego Company using aluminum. space.com/12546-lego-figu…
Today I learned of the β€œLasagna cell”. If you store a salty moist food like lasagna in a steel pan and cover it with aluminum foil, the aluminum will quickly corrode and form small holes where it touches the lasagna en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal…
Shopping bags lined with aluminum foil act as a faraday cage, allowing thieves to steal RFID tagged merchandise. nytimes.com/2008/12/23/us…
China invented fireworks, but Italy gave them color. Colors are created using metallic powders. Calcium makes orange, sodium makes yellow, and barium makes green. Also, cylindrical tubes create whistling sounds, aluminum flakes make hissing noises, and flash powder makes the loud β€œbooms.” cottagelife.com/entertain…
Cylindrical aluminum cans have optimal geometric characteristics from spheres and cuboids for material and packing efficiency respectively. youtube.com/watch?v=hUhis…
10 days into the shoot for The Wizard of Oz, Buddy Ebsen suffered a reaction to the aluminum powder makeup he wore; the powder he breathed in daily as it was applied had coated his lungs. Ebsen was hospitalized in critical condition. He was later put in an iron lung. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A father accidentally killed four of his children after applying the pesticide aluminum phosphide under his home. When he tried to wash it away with a garden hose, the water triggered a chemical reaction that produced deadly phosphine gas. acsh.org/news/2017/01/05/…
Aluminum Christmas trees dropped in popularity after their negative portrayal in A Charlie Brown Christmas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_C…
Aluminum used to be one of the most expensive metals in the world. Only the wealthiest ate with aluminum utensils, while lesser nobility ate with gold. innovationexcellence.com/…
The fuel in solid rocket boosters is powdered aluminum. nasa.gov/returntoflight/s…
A professor pours molten aluminum into ant hills and digs out the structures for study and display. youtube.com/watch?v=1Iugv…
Two tools aboard both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, designed to grind rocks for examination, are made of recycled aluminum from the World Trade Center, recovered after 9/11. Honeybee Robotics, whom constructed the tools, were located in Lower Manhattan, just a mile away from ground zero. universetoday.com/88854/t…
[] That there is such a thing called Translucent Aluminum where its metal, but see-thru. It can be used on ballistics and armor, but is extremely expensive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alu…
We produce almost 7,000 aluminum cans every second highbeam.com/doc/1G1-1454…
Before the invention of the Hall–HΓ©roult process, aluminum was many times more valuable than gold. windodisplays.com/blog/al…
Today I learned of Sir Humphrey Davy, who named several elements but couldn't decide on one for aluminium, which is why it's still referred to as "aluminum" in North America. worldwidewords.org/articl…
The powdered metal in Etch A Sketch toys is aluminum. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Transparent aluminum, which has existed since 1981, can stop a .50 caliber bullet. 1x57.com/b/2012/06/transp…
Transparent aluminum isn't just science fiction. blog.makezine.com/2012/01…
Gallium absolutely destroys aluminum. youtu.be/aGxsHkWRF-E
Overhead powerlines are made from aluminum because it is lighter, despite being less conductive than copper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ove…
A man gave back to the US Mint an aluminum penny worth $2 million; he sued the government after it demanded return of the penny but gave it up in a settlement. He inherited the penny from his former Mint official father; it was ruled U.S. Mint items not lawfully issued are government property. yahoo.com/news/california…
You can use molten aluminum to determine the shape and size of an ant colony. sciencedump.com/content/w…

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