Niobium, a lustrous, silver-white, metallic chemical element. Until 1950, when the name niobium was officially adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the metal was also known as columbium in the United States.
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Lance Armstrong, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire: The list of superstar athletes accused of -- or admitting to -- taking performance-enhancing drugs is almost as impressive as the number of sports that they compete in. And we're not just talking about steroids anymore.
Mass spectrometry enables the major league to sniff out athletes guilty of doping. It can also help us locate oil or design a killer perfume. Who says chemistry isn't cool?