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The most boring chemical element

Could it be boron or bohrium that is the most boring? You’ll need to read to the end to find out.

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Fig. 1: The first 92 elements, with the number of SciFinder hits as of 17 April 2019.


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Jelley, R.E., Blackman, A.G. The most boring chemical element. Nat. Chem. 11, 751–756 (2019).

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