Sunday, February 27, 2011

Facts About Hydrogen - strangefacts

  • The Sun is made out of 92% hydrogen, 7% helium and the rest is other low number gasses
  • The odor of farts comes from small amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans in the mixture 
  • Joseph Priestley not only discovered oxygen, but he also discovered ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, sulphur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. He was also the first person to isolate chlorine
  • Most people know what pH means, but few people know that it stands for pondus hydrogenii which means potential hydrogen and that each unit is a phidron
  • Hydrogen is the lightest, simplest and most commonly found chemical element in the Universe, making up around 75% of its elemental mass
The pink Glowish layer in space is composed of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen is found in large amounts in giant gas planets and stars, it plays a key role in powering stars through fusion reactions
  • The chemical symbol of hydrogen is H. It is an element with atomic number 1, this means that 1 proton is found in the nucleus of hydroge
  • Hydrogen is commonly used in the petroleum and the chemical industries and is also widely used for many physics and engineering applications such as welding or as coolant
  • Hydrogen gas is extremely flammable. It is used as a fuel by the space shuttle main engine and was associated with the famous explosion of the Hindenburg airship
  • Hydrogen compounds commonly are called hydrides
  • Hydrogen may be produced by reacting metals with acids (e.g., zinc with hydrochloric acid)
  • The physical form of hydrogen at room temperature and pressure is a colorless and odorless gas
  • Hydrogen has many uses, though most hydrogen is used for processing fossil fuels and in the production of ammonia
  • Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the molecular formula H2O2. It is often used as a hair bleach or cleaner. At certain concentrations it can also be used to clean wounds
  • Hydrogen was used for air travel from 1852 when the first hydrogen lifted airship was created by Henri Giffard. Later airships that used hydrogen were called zeppelins and while they were reliable and safe for the majority of the time their use was stopped soon after the Hindenburg disaster in 1937
  • The Hindenburg airship was destroyed in a midair fire over New Jersey that was both filmed and broadcast live on radio
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