Polonium

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Polonium is element 84 on the Periodic Table. It is so toxic and radioactive that exposure to very small amounts can be fatal.

Natural Occurence[edit]

Unfortunately, it is found in tobacco, which can harm the body even more, let alone all of the other ingredients like lead, cadmium, and nicotine.


Applications[edit]

Its high radioactivity makes it useful in anti-static brushes, where a layer of bismuth is slipped inside two thin layers silver and gold foil. A laser is shot through the foil and transmutes the bismuth into polonium. It is also used in nuclear reactors to initiate the reaction

Illegal Use[edit]

Polonium was used in 2006 to assassinate Alexander Litvenenko, with tea laced with poloniun-210

References[edit]

Non-Internet Sources[edit]

  • The Periodic Table of Elements by Theodore Gray

External links[edit]

None yet

Etymology[edit]

Polonium was named after the country of Poland after being discovered by Marie Curie.