New Delhi: In the world of science, continuous experiments go on. Now the team of scientists at Berkeley Lab have discovered a new metal which was named Einsteinium after the scientist Albert Einstein. This metal was first found in the wreckage of Hydrogen Bomb in 1952. But now all its secrets have been revealed. Let’s know about this new metal.
First Hydrogen Bombing in Pacific Ocean
Significantly, on 1 November 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was detonated in the Pacific Ocean. Actually this explosion was done during a test. A different and strange type of metal was found in the debris left by this explosion. Since then, continuous efforts were being made to know about this metal very radioactive. However, it was difficult because the element was very active.
500 times faster than the hydrogen bomb in Nagasaki
A study has come out in the scientific magazine Nature. In this study, for the first time some things were shared about this metal. In this, information has been given since the research conducted in the 50s. Significantly, the hydrogen bomb was detonated on Elugelab, a small island in the South Pacific Ocean. Its threat was 500 times faster than the hydrogen bomb in Nagasaki during the second world war.
After this explosion, the debris was collected by scientists and sent to the lab in Berkeley, California for testing. During this time, a team of big scientists found a new metal in the debris, in which more than 200 atoms were discovered within a month. But more information could not be obtained from this. Meanwhile, this mysterious and unknown metal was called Einsteinium after the great scientist Einstein.
Gamma rays cause cancer
This metal was very radioactive, so it could not be used. Significantly, the radioactive material itself decomposes. The radiation that comes out of it is very harmful. This could have threatened the life of scientists working on this metal. There is a risk of cancer from the gamma ray emanating from it and if there is any different reaction, then there is also a risk of being killed.
Careful experiment started
Seeing the harmful effects of the metal, scientists started using it very carefully in labs with less than 250 nanometers. Let me tell you that this quantity was so small that it cannot be seen with the naked eye. After the hydrogen explosion, the amount of metal was very small and it took almost 9 years to make it. Now, after so many years of hard work, scientists are realizing that perhaps this metal may have been on the earth before, but due to being very active, it disappeared.
Silver colored metal
Scientists who saw it described it as silver in color and quite soft. Also, it looks blue in the dark but due to immediate reaction and being very dangerous it was not possible to see it.
The experiment on this metal named Einsteinium is still going on, although no specific information has been found about its use so far. Chemical World said in its podcast that this radioactive metal could hardly be used in the future.