Nerd Labs: Issue #1: Adamantium is REAL?!?

Hello True Believers!

Marvel loves to create new chemicals, metals, and scientific occurrences for their universe. Whether its vibranium, Pym particles, or anti-matter rays, the world of science is often molded with the realm of fiction to fit the needs of the comics. And there are none more famous than adamantium.

Adamantium is the fictional metal best known for being the basis of Wolverine's skeleton and claws, but what if I told you that it was real? What if I told you that right now there are the ingredients needed to create this metal, along with its superhuman properties? Well, there are.

Let me start off with warning you that this will be the most science-y issue I will ever write.



Adamantium first appeared in Avengers #66 in July of 1969. It is a iron based synthetic alloy, that is incredibly dense, to the point of being nearly indestructible. It is very expensive to create even a small amount, and so difficult that only a handful of people know how to create it. It comes in the form of a solid, with a melting point of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be melted once before becoming solid and unable to melt again.

Now, with this in mind, let me introduce you to the element hassium.

Hassium is a real-world synthetic element, created in 1984 by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Munzenburg. It is insanely dense, with a predicted density of 40.7 g/cm3. It has a very short half-life (~9seconds) making it very difficult to create, as well as highly expensive. It is predicted to have a melting point of around 1,538 degrees Fahrenheit.

And, its possible to make an alloy with hassium and iron, and they share an atomic group.

As you can see, the similarities are staggering. Now, obviously we in the real world lack the abiity to make this alloy until we figure out how to stabilize hassium. BUT, lets say that scientists of the Marvel universe did. Then it is totally plausible to say that adamantium is an alloy of iron and hassium.

So, what do you think? Is adamantium on the horizon of reality? Let us know in the comments!




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