Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist

Many respected scientists have attempted to amend scientific knowledge. Not all succeed. Oftentimes, a promising theory breaks down under repeated scrutiny, or a quirk of nature is found to not actually exist. But sometimes, chemical elements and substances that seemed so real you could almost touch them vanish under the light of new evidence. It's a failure that leaves an especially sour taste in the mouth of experimenters.

Click on to read the tales of five elements and substances that turned out not to exist.

(Image: NASA)

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