description. Gallium Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, w
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description. Gallium Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, w

Gallium
Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. It’s used in semiconductors and LEDs, but the cool thing about it is its melting point, which is only about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. If you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid.

While you probably shouldn’t lick your fingers after playing with it, gallium isn’t toxic and won’t make you crazy like mercury does. And if you get tired of it, you can melt it onto glass and make yourself a mirror.

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#16 - masterPlol (01/15/2013) [-]
85 Fahrenheit = ~29,4° Celsius

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User avatar #51 to #16 - amoussa (01/15/2013) [-]
in other words, room temperature
User avatar #35 to #16 - mtandy (01/15/2013) [-]
To anything.
#14 - felixjarl (01/15/2013) [-]
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Actually gallium tea/coffee spoons are quite common as a joke. The heat from the beverage will dissolve the spoon and then it just to watch the reactions.
User avatar #80 to #14 - creepystalkerman (01/15/2013) [-]
melt, not dissolve.
#46 to #14 - atma (01/15/2013) [-]
Then you drink it, **** out liquid later which becomes solid as soon as it hits the toilet water.
#38 to #14 - twotwelve (01/15/2013) [-]
MFW they drink it and die
MFW they drink it and die
#56 to #38 - someoneforamoment (01/15/2013) [-]
Only if you make it using a mercury alloy.
#24 - shazmothree (01/15/2013) [-]
I like bismuth
#50 to #24 - angelusprimus ONLINE (01/15/2013) [-]
That is gayest crystal ever!
And I don't mean that in a bad way.
They should totally carry it around on pride parades!
#18 - pepemex (01/15/2013) [-]
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#5 - bombarded (01/15/2013) [-]
Nice.
#37 - azraelthemage (01/15/2013) [-]
I read Gallium as "Gollum". Well, that's enough Tolkein for one day.
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#54 - ofc (01/15/2013) [-]
MFW
#36 - blablub (01/15/2013) [-]
Fahrenheit
#63 to #36 - anon (01/15/2013) [-]
funny thing is that while the so called "ignorant" americans know and can use both the europeans who call them ignorant can't use fahrenheit and complains about them using it...
User avatar #86 to #63 - Lightclaw (01/15/2013) [-]
...what?
#87 to #86 - anon (01/15/2013) [-]
missing punctuation... retard people won't be able to read it
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#84 to #36 - WolfRider (01/15/2013) [-]
about 30 celcius
#17 - anon (01/15/2013) [-]
Gallium only isn't used in semiconductors. GaAs - Gallium Arsenide is what is used in making semiconductors.
#67 to #17 - Imabur (01/15/2013) [-]
It doesn't mean it's not used in it. Doesn't say it's used AS a semi-conductor, said it's use IN semi-conductors
I can say I use sugar in my coffee, that doesn't mean my coffee is made up of 100% sugar....
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User avatar #82 - codyxvasco (01/15/2013) [-]
It's very sticky, that's why I use Mercury.
User avatar #83 to #82 - codyxvasco (01/15/2013) [-]
That's also why I'm dead.
User avatar #44 - apostolos (01/15/2013) [-]
Link for purchase?
User avatar #21 - noamk (01/15/2013) [-]
i am very dissappointed.
40 degrees celsius isn't even that hot of a day here in the summer.
i can never have my gallium fun, it shall always be a liquid in the presence of middle eastern sun.
god ******* damn it, internet, stop getting my hopes up.
User avatar #22 to #21 - nosurprise (01/15/2013) [-]
85 degrees fahrenheit is 30 degrees celcius, and you must be living in a really hot place
User avatar #27 to #21 - oriolopocholo (01/15/2013) [-]
are you in like australia?
User avatar #28 to #27 - noamk (01/15/2013) [-]
i said "middle-eastern sun".
that should give you a pretty good idea of where i am.
#53 to #28 - someoneforamoment (01/15/2013) [-]
It's the same sun. There's only one sun.
User avatar #57 to #53 - noamk (01/15/2013) [-]
there are differant angles in which the sun hits the eart, correlating with your position relative to the equator.
the sun is still the same, but its power is not equal in all places.
User avatar #29 to #28 - oriolopocholo (01/15/2013) [-]
sorry, ts;dr
40º is crazy as ****
you must be staying indoors right? barcelonafag, here, 35º is a lot
User avatar #30 to #29 - noamk (01/15/2013) [-]
not really.
between june and september, it tends to be around 35-38 degrees in the day, and somewhere around 25 degrees at night, but that's because i live close enough to the beach so ocean breezes keep us pretty comfy, but the highest temperature ever recorded here was 56 degrees celsius, and when you get a bit farther away from the mediterranean, 40 degrees in the shade is nothing unusual.
but we don't stay indoors all the time, we go to the beach or the pool or where ever the **** we please, we're used to it i guess.
#32 to #21 - barehype (01/15/2013) [-]
Are you ******** me here in England people start moaning at about 25 degrees
User avatar #43 to #32 - noamk (01/15/2013) [-]
and here people see snow and flip their **** like it's the second coming.
seriously.
snow is a huge ******* deal for us.
if and when it snows, it feels like mother nature just sold us a 4 pound bag of crack.
#65 - anon (01/15/2013) [-]
yeah I recently acquired some of this and I can confirm the following: it is awesome.

however it's also kind of sticky when melted. Not by MUCH but it's pretty far from flowing like water, and you'll need to wash your hands after handling it.

I recommend grabbing some if you're interested, though. google galliumsource. :)
#60 - warlockrichard (01/15/2013) [-]
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User avatar #59 - grandmabetty (01/15/2013) [-]
85F = 29.5C
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**krizz rolled a random image posted in comment #15 at Skyrim ** mfw buying tons
#33 - handofdestiny (01/15/2013) [-]
bad pronunciation joke incoming..
User avatar #8 - fencingchamp (01/15/2013) [-]
does it reform that crystaline structure?
#12 to #8 - anon (01/15/2013) [-]
Guess
#9 to #8 - soapybox (01/15/2013) [-]
It does, but at a much smaller ratio with a higher number of crystalline structures. I'm not sure how it got to this form at that size.

User avatar #10 to #9 - fencingchamp (01/15/2013) [-]
thankyou
#11 to #10 - soapybox (01/15/2013) [-]
No problem.
User avatar #19 to #9 - Lambda (01/15/2013) [-]
I believe you need to cool it slowly, at the correct rate, and it will form such crystals.
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