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No. 263: Periodic Table: 21 Scandium

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Periodic Table: 21 Scandium

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, Andrew Coker

T-Rex: {with a Jack-o-lantern pumpkin on his head} T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 21 SCANDIUM
T-Rex: Often used as an alloying metal in aluminium for aerospace applications. Also often confused with Scandinavium, a sports arena in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Utahraptor: Hey, T-Rex!
Utahraptor: Nice Halloween costume.
T-Rex: Wut?
Utahraptor: You have a pumpkin on your head.
T-Rex: Oh my gourd!!

The author writes:

Scandium was the first element on the periodic table that I literally knew nothing about other than that it's element 21 and it's a metal.

Not that surprising given that total worldwide production of scandium compounds amounts to just 2 tonnes per year, and production of metallic scandium is approximately just 10 kilograms per year.