7 Oct 2019

Rubidium - expensive and not very useful

From Elemental, 8:00 am on 7 October 2019

Rubidium is named after the Latin word rubidius, meaning ‘deepest red.’

It is a group one metal, which makes it soft, highly reactive with water and with a low melting point.

Rubidium helped win a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the discoverers of Bose-Einstein condensates, says Professor Allan Blackman from the Auckland University of Technology, in episode 70 of Elemental.

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Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.