As of 2014, the element mercury costs between $2,950 and $3,075 per flask. A flask is equivalent to 76 pounds. More »

The price of mercury can vary significantly over time, although the price generally ranges from $0.00289 per gram to $0.00869 per gram. Those values are based on a range of between $100 to $300 per flask, with a flask co... More »

There is no single person to whom the discovery of the element mercury can be credited. Its presence was known to the ancient Chinese, Hindus and Egyptians. It is unclear which of these societies first discovered the ele... More »

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Mercury, the element, has a density of approximately 13.5 to 13.6 kg/m^3, and its overall mass depends on the volume collected. The planet Mercury has a mass of approximately 3.3 * 10^23 kilograms, or .055 times the mass... More »

The nickname for the element mercury is "quicksilver." Mercury's atomic symbol, Hg, is derived from the Greek word "hydrargyrum," which means "liquid silver." It is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature. More »

Fulminated mercury is an explosive compound that is highly sensitive to shock and friction. It is often used to trigger other, less sensitive explosives, such as TNT, dynamite and plastic explosives. More »

Boiling stones are pieces of mineral put in a solution and heated in a round-bottomed flask so that boiling will be even. Without boiling stones, liquids heated in such flasks have a tendency to superheat without bubble ... More »