Science: Indium

Details of the latest developments are under lock & key, but World War II has been the making of indium: Indium is a once-rare metal that even in very small quantities makes soft metals hard, dull ones bright, and does many an odd job in stretching the supply of critical materials. It is silver white, malleable, ductile, soft, more than twice as heavy as iron, lighter than lead.

Although it was discovered in 1863, indium was strictly a laboratory curiosity until Dr. William S. Murray, now of Indium Corporation of America, went to work...

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