This post is dedicated to David P. Callet, Esq.
Radium is a radioactive element in Group 2 (IIA) and Row 7 of the periodic table. The periodic table is a chart that shows how chemical elements are related to each other.
Radium was discovered by Marie Sklodowska Curie, a Polish chemist, and Pierre Curie, a French chemist, in 1898. Marie Curie obtained radium from pitchblende, a material that contains uranium, after noticing that unrefined pitchblende was more radioactive than the uranium that was separated from it. She reasoned that pitchblende must contain at least one other radioactive element. Curie needed to refine several tons of pitchblende -- a project that took four years -- in order to obtain tiny amounts of radium and polonium, another radioactive element discovered by Curie. One ton of uranium ore contains only about 0.14 grams of radium. There is about 1 gram of radium in 7 tons of pitchblende.
How many grams are in one ounce? There are approximately 28.35 gm (grams) of the metric system in one oz (ounce) of the British Imperial and US Standards for weights and measures. One gram is a mere fraction of an ounce.
Marie Curie was extremely strong-willed and she pursued her goals and desires with passionate dedication and determination. She was capable of total concentration and tremendous discipline, and she was very difficult to influence or sway once her mind was made up. When Marie Curie wanted something, she could be very one-sided and almost obsessed with it. She was very instinctive and did not always consciously know why she felt as strongly and deeply as she did.
She also tended to be secretive and unwilling to reveal her aims and intentions, and the intensity of her will and desire was not initially apparent to others. However, Curie was very forceful in a quiet and subtle way. Marie Curie often manipulated or forced her will upon other people, without being overtly aggressive. She was not interested in confrontation but she was a formidable foe if she encountered opposition or aggression. Marie was courageous and had a rather primitive, raw side as well.
She was known for her drive, energy, ambition, and competitive spirit. She based her successful career on her ability to take initiative, be a leader, and excel in physical strength and prowess. Marie Curie most definitely wanted to be a winner and would work hard to achieve that.
She was enterprising, ambitious and had a strong desire to succeed in a big way. Forever on the lookout for new opportunities and promising new ventures, Marie Curie was willing to take risks if she sensed a winner. No matter how much Marie accomplished, she never seemed to be completely satisfied. Marie Curie always felt that she could do more, and set her sights on another goal. Marie Curie felt frustrated in limited circumstances, and she would abandon secure and reasonably successful situations if they did not offer challenges and future growth potential. Curie liked to keep stretching her limits, to see how far she could go. Sometimes Curie overextended herself or promised more than she could actually achieve, due to an overly optimistic or confident assessment of her own capacities. Marie Curie relished healthy competition and felt that it spurred her on to even greater achievements.
Although enterprising and proactive, Marie Curie was also capable of ample self-discipline, patience and effort. She would swing from confidence and trust in the future to pessimism and doubt, when it came to achieving her aims in life.
She was very serious about attaining her goals and felt that keeping her nose to the grindstone was the only way to do it. It was by working hard, keeping up her efforts and focusing on a single objective that Marie Curie achieved her aims in life. Marie exercised great self-control, even self-denial, in order to accomplish what she desired. She met obstacles stoically and struggled patiently through difficult circumstances. Marie Curie felt that she had to rely on herself alone and that she had to shoulder all of the responsibility. She could be a harsh disciplinarian, expecting far too much of herself and others. Marie often held herself back, doubting her own power and ability. She felt that she met great resistance whenever she tried to assert herself or take initiative, which was very frustrating for her. However, Marie Curie had the power to endure and a dogged determination to overcome all obstacles.
Marie had many artistic talents as well as the ability and creative energy to express them. She leaned more toward practical arts such as utility objects made artistically or working with metal. Marie Curie was also quite passionate and enjoyed physical activity.
She found it difficult to communicate with others and had a tendency to quarrel. It was hard for Marie Curie to express herself and her ideas and opinions were often challenged by others. Because of frequent disagreements, Marie likely felt that her relationships were incompatible.
Marie Curie felt she had a destiny which involved leadership or distinguishing herself in some line of endeavor. Marie possessed an innate sense of greatness or importance, and a strong drive to achieve recognition for her talent. Marie Curie avoided excessive egotism and arrogant pride, for these could limit her opportunities.
Curie gained her objectives and ambitions in life through her personal charm, attractiveness, ability to please others visually and/or emotionally. A career in the arts or entertainment world was possible for Marie Curie. Anything involving sales or promotion, particularly of beautiful or luxurious items, was an area she could succeed in. Vanity or indiscretions in relationships could lead Marie Curie to her downfall.
Her role in life was apt to be one of great responsibility and Marie Curie took her tasks very seriously. Certain heaviness weighed on her because of this. She may have been unusually ambitious or mature at a tender age. Marie Curie advanced and attained her aspirations through dedication and perseverance, rather than fortune.
Deep, compelling drives which Marie Curie did not entirely understand were apt to be the source of her rather extraordinary ambitions. She may have found that a drive for dominance, power, and control arose out of the rather problematic and intense relationships Marie had with one or both of her parents. Marie Curie's willingness to delve deeply into her own fears and inner life, clearing away much of the conditioning of her earliest years, allowed her to discover tremendous inner resources which could be used to fuel her rise in the world.
Her career involved protecting, caring, and nurturing in some aspect. Home, family relationships, cherishing the past, continuing a tradition were also featured. Marie Curie was apt to be quite popular through her profession or business.
Marie Curie had a beautiful soul, was aesthetically inclined and had a love of fine arts. She may have wanted to be involved in a career where art, acting, or beauty were paramount.
Marie Curie seemed to lack confidence in herself and worried about being compromised or exposed. She may have felt that she was unable to defend herself and tended to withdraw from close relationships. It was more important to Marie to do the right thing than to be popular.