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Previous level, introduction: The Atom Riddles #1

Rules:

  • Again, you are trapped in a room by a mad scientist.
  • There are clues in each sentence you read. You have to find the correct atomic element that matches the clues.

Here is the real riddle.

I am an tragic element to fuse in stars.
Very tough I am.
Yet magnets can grab me.

What am I?

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You're probably

iron

which

is the endpoint of ordinary fusion processes in stars, because fusing it further isn't energetically favourable -- to get heavier elements you need supernovas and the like; is indeed pretty tough; and is ferromagnetic and attracted to magnets.

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