# Where can i get me some osmium?

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by On Radioactive Waves, Feb 19, 2003.

1. ### On Radioactive Waveslost in the continuumRegistered Senior Member

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I just want 2 ball bearings of the suff. make them about the size of a golf ball. I could have endless fun...

3. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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There are companies that sell chemicals to labs for research. You can get just about anything, depending on what you want and if you are allowed to have it(you probably won't be able to get ahold of plutonium, for example).

5. ### FluidityRegistered Senior Member

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Why would you be willingto pay so much for something so dangerous.

Just wondering. Sounds suicidal to me.

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Osmia?

8. ### Idle MindWhat the hell, man?Valued Senior Member

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No, it's an element. There is no plural for the name (at least not in this case).

9. ### RDT2Registered Senior Member

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No it's a country near 'Elbonia' - see Dilbert.

Ron.

It was a wee joke.

10. ### Idle MindWhat the hell, man?Valued Senior Member

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Okay. Must have missed that one.

11. ### chrootCrackpot killerRegistered Senior Member

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Osmium is dangerous?

- Warren

12. ### spookzBannedBanned

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you bastards are worthless!
radio, i'll talk to my dealer. maybe he can score some!

13. ### FluidityRegistered Senior Member

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just go stainless...

Osmium is very toxic, not explosive, but can release toxic 'stuff'at temps above 130C

It isn't something you wanna play with, boy!

Go order some stainless ball bearings from Capital Bearing supply.

I did, 'n they're fun. I got some 1 7/8 in. SS balls. Beats the hell outta those cheap chinese hand exercizers. These have some mass.

14. ### RDT2Registered Senior Member

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Re: just go stainless...

Agreed, why do you want it?

ron, being serious for a change.

15. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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What kind of "stuff" are we talking about?

16. ### On Radioactive Waveslost in the continuumRegistered Senior Member

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umm, i've never heard of it being toxic, and furthermore I wouldn't be heating it.

About the most dangerous thing I can see would be dropping on my foot.

If it really were toxic, would they be using it in ball point pens?

The reason i want some is because it would make a fun gag for one thing. Imagine handing your friend a golfball sized peice of metal, and watching them drop because the didn't expect it to be heavy. Even better, make a gag golf ball to mess with your golf buddies ( i dont golf, just mess around sometimes because i can get free golf)

It would also make something fun to work out with while just playing around with it. Or seeing what kinds of things you could smash by dropping it...

I can think other lots of other ways to have fun with it.

17. ### Idle MindWhat the hell, man?Valued Senior Member

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A lot of the heavy metals are toxic due to their ability to block enzyme active sites. Just don't eat any, and I'm sure you'll be fine.

18. ### EPD HaterRegistered Member

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From the CRC Handbook of Chemistry & Physics 76th edition 1995-1996:

"The solid metal is not affected by air at room temperature, but the powdered or spongy metal slowly gives off osmium tetroxide, which is a powerful oxidizing agent and has a strong smell. The tetroxide is highly toxic, and boils at 130ºC." Price is about $100/gram. 19. ### FluidityRegistered Senior Member Messages: 594 more... Osmium metal is lustrous, bluish white, extremely hard, and brittle even at high temperatures. It has the highest melting point and lowest vapour pressure of the platinum group. <b>The metal is very difficult to fabricate</b>, but the powder can be sintered in a hydrogen atmosphere at a temperature of 2000°C. The solid metal is not affected by air at room temperature, but the powdered or spongy metal slowly gives off osmium tetroxide, which is a powerful oxidising agent and has a strong smell. The tetroxide is highly toxic, and boils at 130°C (760 mm). Concentrations in air as low as 10-7 g m-3 can cause lung congestion, skin damage, or eye damage. 20. ### On Radioactive Waveslost in the continuumRegistered Senior Member Messages: 985$100/gram!?

well there goes that idea!

21. ### blobranaRegistered Senior Member

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Osama is quite dangerous...

But you can get some Americanium...Nearly every smoke detector
has this radioactive element in it (usually ).

if you collect enough smoke detectors then im sure youll be sorted.

22. ### On Radioactive Waveslost in the continuumRegistered Senior Member

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or how bout some Unununium ?

23. ### GiftedWorld WandererRegistered Senior Member

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Sure, if you can hang onto it long enough, LOL.