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“From brazen helmet and warrior’s shield of the ancient world to the modern flashlight cell and galvan-ized steel plate, zinc has worked in the service of man.” Experiments with Zinc, Popular Science 1947 – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. -soapy- says:

    That article could be called “Fun with poisons” today.

    Remember kids, a zinc fume headache *really hurts*, mercury is toxic by fume, lead is toxic by ingestion/inhalation, hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smelling gas) is highly poisonous (beware how it numbs the nerves in your nose so you miss it’s smell after a few minutes!) and H2SO4 is also nasty.
    Oh, and you might get arrested if you try to buy Ammonium Nitrate despite it being the safest thing on this list.

  2. mikiex says:

    Totally concur with Soapy – Zinc is not safe to mess with