Science students have to go through a tormenting drill of studying monotonously scripted Chemistry lessons. One out of those boring lessons is 'Ores and Metallurgy'.
I'm sure the none of us liked this chapter, all thanks to the way it was presented to us. But keeping the lesson aside, Metallurgy is one unexplored domain which needs some attention. Why?
I am presenting here 8 astonishing facts about metallurgy which is sure to get you excited and help you comprehend it better.
So without further ado, let's take a ride through our 'tour de metallurgy'.
The biggest gold nugget, the Welcome Stranger, weighs 90 kilograms and was unearthed from Australia in 1869.
Copper gets its name from the Cyprus island.
Human blood is red because of iron, but blood in spiders, octopus and the Vulcan Spock is rich in copper.
Surprised, right?. The mastermind behind this wonder, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, made the Statue of Liberty from steel so that it could withstand the strong winds in New York City.
Producing aluminium from its raw material consumes 95% more energy than recycling it. Another advantage of recycling aluminum is that it produces only 5% of greenhouse emissions.
Rubidium got its name from the Latin word, rubrum, which means red, as it is not only red in colour but also produces a red flame. It is that very metal which is used in making atomic clocks.
You will be surprised to know that Argentina, the country where Lionel Messi comes from, gets its name from the Latin word argentum, which means silver.
Manganism or manganese poisoning is a neurological and psychiatric impairment caused by chronic exposure to manganese.
If you're intrigued by these facts, then I'm sure that you'll love the news that I'm going to share next.
To calm your metallurgical curiosity, Congress of Metallurgical Professionals involving Students, Industry, and Teachers (COMPOSIT), the annual departmental fest of IIT Kharagpur (KGP) is here. Organised by the Metallurgical Department of IIT KGP, the fest is being held from 23 to 25 March. For more details, log on to their official website.