Messenger spots Mercury performing organic chemistry

Messenger spots Mercury performing organic chemistry

Nasa’s Messenger spacecraft has uncovered evidence that not only does water ice exist on the surface of the planet Mercury, but in many places this ice appears to be covered in a 10cm-thick layer of soot-like organic material.1,2 Although the discovery of water ice on...
Mercury attacks Aluminum

Mercury attacks Aluminum

A small amount of mercury amalgamates itself into an aluminum I-beam and destroys it from within. Gallium scratched into the surface allows the mercury to penetrate the protective oxide layer that normally surrounds anything made of aluminum. This is a time-lapse...