Aside from its use in scientific research, nobelium has no commercial uses. It is a radioactive element classified as a metal. Nobelium has the chemical symbol No and an atomic number of 102.
Scientists named this new element after Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. Nobelium does not occur naturally. In the late 1950s, different groups of scientists in Sweden and the United States claimed the discovery of nobelium. However, in 1958, scientists at the University of Berkeley created this element through nuclear fission techniques that involved bombarding curium isotopes with carbon ions. There are 10 nobelium isotopes that include No-259, which has a half-life of approximately 58 minutes.