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FlipFact of the Day: Mercury and bromine are the only two elements that are liquid at room temperature.

There are only two known elements that are in a liquid state at the temperature technically designated as “room temperature” (25°C). These are bromine (Br), a reddish-brown fluid, and mercury (Hg), a toxic, shiny, silvery metal.

However, the metals francium (Fr), cesium (Cs), gallium (Ga), and rubidium (Rb) turn into liquid at slightly higher temperatures.

Today’s Science History Milestone: On September 9, 1908, aviator Orville Wright made the first hour-long airplane flight at Fort Myer, Virginia. His flight lasted 62 minutes and 15 seconds.

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Author: Mikael Angelo Francisco

Bitten by the science writing bug, Mikael has years of writing and editorial experience under his belt. As the editor-in-chief of FlipScience, Mikael has sworn to help make science more fun and interesting for geeky readers and casual audiences alike.