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Periodic Table: 37 Rubidium

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Strip by: David Morgan-Mar, Tim Mason

T-Rex: T-Rex presents The Periodic Table:
T-Rex: 37 RUBIDIUM
T-Rex: An alkali metal discovered by Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner. He discovered rubidium by burning a rock and noting the unusual spectrum.
Utahraptor: Wow! He brought fire to the lab and did SCIENCE with it!
Utahraptor: Bunsen is my new hero!
T-Rex: He also had HUGE muttonchops.
Utahraptor: Neat! Distinguished!
T-Rex: Naked flame and copious facial hair.
T-Rex: You can't go wrong!

The author writes:

Also: Rubidium was named for the Latin rubidus or rubeus, both meaning "red", after the colour of the flame it produces when rubidium salts are burnt. This means that rubidium indeed has something in common with rubies, rubella, and Rubeus Hagrid.