An Osmium Horned Unicorn Named Osm

Learn About The Amazing Element Osmium

Article By Sybrina Durant

Magical Elements of the Periodic Table Presented Alphabetically By The Metal Horn Unicorns is an informative and creative book for middle grade readers. It features 26 elements from the periodic table, discussed in alphabetical order – from Aluminum, presented by Alumina, to Zinc, presented by Dr. Zinko. This book includes both metals and nonmetals and introduces readers to Osmium through a magical metal horn unicorn named Osm. With this entertaining approach youth will learn about the Periodic Table in a fun way that’s sure to inspire interest in science!

Osm is one of twelve unicorn elementals featured in Journey To Osm – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale, my previous book. Famed as the ‘unicorn savior’ by prophecy, this character known as Blue is a bit different from the others. Although they all possess magical metal horns and hooves based on the properties of their metals, Blue has no magical or metallic features–but he comes through to save them all in the end. It’s an exciting story that follows his brave journey against Magh, the evil sorcerer.

When Blue reaches the age of majority, much to his surprise he discovers a magical horn. This horn is like all the other horns in the tribe, yet it holds special and more powerful abilities. His powers are extraordinary and surpass the others in strength and magical ability.

In this periodic table book, you’ll learn that osmium is the densest natural substance on Earth as well as one of the rarest. You’d need to mine 10,000 tons of platinum ore to get a cube of sugar’s worth of osmium! This exclusion is due to its scarcity – it’s the least abundant stable element in our planet’s crust. Unfortunately, osmium doesn’t have many practical uses in everyday life, which results in its low monetary value.

The Journey To Osm book details an incredible adventure briefly featuring the Platinides—a special group of metal horn unicorns. The Platinum group metals (PGEs) consist of Rhodium, Ruthenium, Palladium, Platinum, Iridium, and Osmium; these metals have the unique ability to remain corrosion-free and shine in the natural state. Therefore, they are highly desirable for various industrial applications such as jewelry-making, electronic devices manufacturing, medicine manufacturing, and chemistry research. A great example of noble metals’ magical properties can be experienced in Journey To Osm and shows that when metals are alloyed together in amazing things happen!

In everyday life, osmium is primarily found as an alloy with iridium. The two elements mix so well and so easily that natural deposits of them in combination can be located. Osmium-iridium alloys are often used for high-end fountain pen tips since they create a hard material ideal for such applications. These alloys may also be employed in compasses, electrical contacts, and surgical instruments; plus, a growing jewelry industry is centered around osmium crystals, which resemble shimmering blue diamonds.

Osmium compounds are widely used in a variety of industries. These complex compounds have been fused with fluorides, chlorides, bromides, iodides, borides, and oxides for important projects like scientific testing and potential anti-cancer drugs. One specific form of osmium compound called osmium tetroxide is often employed in forensic investigations or to stain biological samples in microscopic research.

Osmium’s extreme reflectivity was thought to have made it an ideal candidate for use in space mirrors; however, experimentation revealed that osmium is susceptible to oxidation when exposed to a vacuum environment. The oxidation resulted in the conversion of solid osmium into vapor, making the metal unusable in the intended application.

The Magical Elements of the Periodic Table Presented Alphabetically By The Metal Horn Unicorns is an educational book for kids that teaches about elements and compounds. It includes pages for each letter of the alphabet, as well as special pages for alloys and compounds. Plus, it features a unicorn-themed periodic table to help make learning fun and engaging. Get this book to give your child an early start in understanding the magic of science!


Sybrina Durant is a unicorn author/entrepreneur. In addition to books, she offers unicorn-themed activities, t-shirts and more. Plus, she has pulled together a collection of nearly all the unicorn books available today from hundreds of authors. They are categorized on her website by Little Kid, Middle Kid and Teen Unicorn Books.

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