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Top 10: Marvelous Metals

As promised, here’s a tasting menu featuring some of my favorite metallurgical content from our archives, arranged as usual, in mysteriously-appealing (and entirely arbitrary) top-ten format. Narrowing it down to just ten involved some hard choices; this subject is rich, and we’ve covered it a lot. A second round-up, perhaps at the close of the month, may be in order. In the meantime, I’ve got a lot of cool stuff on my to-blog list, and it’s growing fast as your suggestions roll in. Thanks to everyone who’s already chimed in, and please do keep ’em coming. Metals month, though abbreviated, is shaping up to be a good one.


Solid Copper Rescue Tool


Showing Off Aluminum’s Natural Reactivity with Gallium Alloy


Mercury “Beating Heart” Works With Gallium, Too


Gallium Spoon Makes for Fun Teatime Prank


New Alloy Becomes Magnetic on Heating


Argentium Silver


Single Crystal Superalloys


How-To: Work with Shape-Memory Alloy


9 Volt Battery and Coca-Cola Titanium Anodizer


Metals That Can Be Molded Like Plastics


I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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