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It's back to science class girls and boys!

This list will attempt (over time and with your help) to catalog references to every element currently on the periodic table (and perhaps some that are not!).

The idea came from a groovy site called "The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements" which can be found here: http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/

For reference to the actual periodic table see the great WebElements™ periodic table which can be found here: http://www.webelements.com/

For reference to a not so actual table please see this neat little page on Wikipedia called Fictional elements, isotopes and atomic particles which can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_element

Now, let's hit the books...

(ps: these are not in order. it's much too hard to come up with some of them so i wanted to get some easy ones right away. we'll fill in the gaps together later, neh?)
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Name: meitnerium
Symbol: Mt
Atomic number: 109
Atomic weight: 266 (estimated)

The concept of nuclear fission was brought to prominence by Lise Meitner in the 1930s and 1940s. Lise was a Jewish scientist working in Austria who had to flee the Nazi regime. Later, with the discovery of the neutron, she saw the possibility of making new elements heavier than uranium in the laboratory. Her work paved the way for nearly 30 transuranic elements (to date), including the one that bears her name.
 
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Name: dubnium
Symbol: Db
Atomic number: 105
Atomic weight: 262 (estimated)

Once christend ununpentium, this element caused arguments between Western and Russian chemists who were claiming different names for it. The Russians won and element 105 was named after the city of Dubna. The 'pent' had to 'go'.
 
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Name: cerium
Symbol: Ce
Atomic number: 58
Atomic weight: 140.12

Cerium has been part of many a colour scheme when making glass. Not only can its oxides be used to produce a yellow-green tint, they provide light-fastness for many other pigments and prevent colours degrading in strong light. It also increases the vital ultra-violet absorption of glass.
 
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Name: rhenium
Symbol: Re
Atomic number: 75
Atomic weight: 186.21

To many a Spanish photographer, rhenium would indeed have only provided Uno Flash, as it was an essential component of the old-style flashgun bulbs, in which the filament burned out in an incandescent millisecond.
 
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Name: rhodium
Symbol: Rh
Atomic number: 45
Atomic weight: 102.91

Named after the Greek 'rhodon' (='rose'), rhodium is a very conductive metal and is therefore much in demand for its use in electrical contacts. It is also sometimes electroplated onto gold and platinum in jewelry: a rhodium coat is a pale, shiny white in colour.
 
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Name: thorium
Symbol: Th
Atomic number: 90
Atomic weight: 203.04

With a name deriving from precisely where you might think, thorium is one of the most useful of the lanthanide metals. The high incandescence of thorium oxide gives it widespread use in many electric and gas light filaments.
 
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Name: lutetium
Symbol: Lu
Atomic number: 71
Atomic weight: 174.97

The Greek word 'Lutetia' meant 'Paris', and the famous French capital gave its name to this, one of the rarest and most expensive of the rare earth metals.
 
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Name: thulium
Symbol: Tm
Atomic number: 69
Atomic weight: 168.93

Thulium is about as rare as gold or platinum, and accordingly about as expensive. It has found some limited uses in X-Ray equipment.
 
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Name: hafnium
Symbol: Hf
Atomic number: 72
Atomic weight: 178.49

Very much an element at the cutting edge of modern technologies, not only is hafnium a key constituent of the control rods in nuclear reactors, but it has also found a place in integrated circuits, or computer chips, where it helps to improve performance.
 
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110. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Name: seaborgium
Symbol: Sg
Atomic number: 106
Atomic weight: 263 (estimated)

Glenn Seaborg was the greatest discoverer of elements of the 20th century. He was the first to isolate americium through to nobelium in the laboratory, and his final discovery - fittingly - was element 106, which is now named after him.
 
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Name: berkelium
Symbol: Bk
Atomic number: 97
Atomic weight: 247 (estimated)

Berkeley University seems to have been at the cutting edge of quantum science for decades, and many of the leading quantum physicists studied there. It was also home to Glenn Seaborg and hence the production of this element.
 
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Name: gadolinium
Symbol: Gd
Atomic number: 64
Atomic weight: 157.25

Gadolinium's main use is as a catalyst: a substance that increases the rate of chemical reactions. Unusually, it is used in a number of different organic-chemistry reactions: many catalysts tend to specialise in only one or two different applications.
 
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Name: protactinium
Symbol: Pa
Atomic number:91
Atomic weight: 203.04

Protactinium is too precious and radioactive to have any commercial uses, but it is one of the few elements testimony to Dmitri Mendeleev's remarkable confidence in his periodic table. Protactinium wasn't even discovered when Mendeleev deliberately left a gap for the element, in the certain knowledge that one would be discovered later to fill it.
 
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And here is the final version!

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