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Metals very few of us have ever heard of help make the things we rely on so much



8 weird metals used in everyday life


The Toronto Star
July 2, 2009
lisa wright


1. NEODYMIUM

Helps make the magnets that control the miniature hard drives in portable MP3 players.

2. EUROPIUM

In high demand, it's used to add red hues to computer monitors and light bulbs.

3. TERBIUM

Makes the green hue in computers and plasma televisions

4. YTTRIUM

Used mainly in the colour phosphors in flat screen televisions and cellphones

5. INDIUM And TIN

Needed to make the thin film coating in flat panel TVs, LCD computer screens and solar panels

6. DYSPROSIUM

This silver-white metal is used to make iPods and high performing speakers and headphones.

or buds driven by tiny neo-magnets

7. SAMARIUM AND TERBIUM

Ditto

8. GALLIUM

Improves the efficiency of computer chips and also used in make your wristwatches




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