Ever wondered which metal is the most dangerous? The most antibacterial or the rarest in the world? Austen Knapman have put together a list of the most mind-blowing facts we can think of .
#1. Iron is the most abundant metal in the universe.
#2. The most dangerous metal in the world due to its high radioactivity. It has also been linked to a number of high profile deaths and assassination due to its lethality.
#3. The Willis Tower in Chicago is the tallest steel building in the world - measuring 1,450 feet hight with 110 floors.
#4. Rhodium is probably the rarest metal in the world. There are no Rhodium mines that exist on Earth and only around 20-25 tonnes of the metal is extracted per year. It's high melting and boiling points, shiny surface and other essential properties also make it one of the most expensive metals around.
#5. Silver is the best conductor of electricity.
#6. Gold and platinum metals - amongst other elements - came from neutron stars colliding together.
#7. Silverware and brass door knobs have the ability to kill bacteria thanks to the oligodynamic effect. The process itself is not fully understood but scientists observed that metal has a toxic effect on "living cells, algae, molds, spores, fungi, viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, even in relatively low concentrations."
#8. The Eiffel Tower grows six inches taller in the summer when compared to its winter height because steel and iron expand when exposed to heat.
#9. In natural conditions, all metals are solids at room temperature apart from Mercury which exists in a liquid form.
#10. Aluminium is the most recyclable material in the world - 75% of all the aluminium produced in history is still in circulation due to recycling.
Over the past few weeks the UK’s aluminium scrap market has tightened significantly, seeing prices increasing as much as 15% as buyers seek out raw material. Such price increases have been attributed to cold weather and Christmas shutdowns, which have
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