Li This alkali metal is named "lithos", from the Greek word λιθoς (transliterated as lithos, meaning "stone"). Lithium Wiki

It reacts violently to water, and corrodes quickly when exposed to oxygen. It is the 32nd most abundant element on our planet. Large reserves of lithium are found in Bolivia.

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Treatment for Mental Illness

Lithium is used in the treatment of Bipolar disorder as a mood stabilizer.

Lithium salts were used during the 19th century to treat gout. Lithium salts such as lithium carbonate (Li2CO3), lithium citrate, and lithium orotate are mood stabilizers. They are used in the treatment of bipolar disorder since, unlike most other mood altering drugs, they counteract both mania and depression. Lithium continues to be the gold standard for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is also helpful for related diagnoses, such as schizoaffective disorder and cyclic major depression.

How Li+ works in the central nervous system is still a matter of debate. Li+ elevates brain levels of tryptophan, 5-HT (serotonin), and 5-HIAA (a serotonin metabolite). Serotonin is related to mood stability. Li+ also reduces catecholamine activity in the brain (associated with brain activation and mania), by enhancing reuptake and reducing release.

According to a study in 2009 at Oita University in Japan and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, communities whose water contained larger amounts of lithium had significantly lower suicide rates but did not address whether lithium in drinking water causes the negative side effects associated with higher doses of the element. medical info about lithium Facts about lithium from Bipolar Lives

This drug, is featured in several songs, most famously by Kurt Cobain, Sting, and Evanescence. And how lithium sounds when sung by someone who is probably on lithium amongst many other drugs. -gotta love the polyphonic spree!

Batteries especially for Hybrid Cars and laptops

Used in lithium-ion batteries because of its high electrochemical potential, a typical cell can generate approximately 3 volts, compared with 2.1 volts for lead/acid or 1.5 volts for zinc-carbon cells. Because of its low atomic mass, it also has a high charge- and power-to-weight ratio. the lithium ion battery

Lithium batteries are disposable (primary) batteries with lithium metal or lithium compounds as an anode. Lithium batteries are not to be confused with lithium-ion batteries, which are high energy-density rechargeable batteries. Other rechargeable batteries include the lithium-ion polymer battery, lithium iron phosphate battery, and the nanowire battery.

  • Lithium-ion batteries come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so as to efficiently fit the devices they power.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are often much lighter than other energy-equivalent secondary batteries.
  • Lithium-ion batteries do not suffer from the memory effect.

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The first electric sports car the Tesla Roadster uses Lithium batteries. Tesla Roadster Facts

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Its always great to mention optics cause we live next to a huge optics company.

Anyways Lithium is used in optics sometimes in focal lenses, including spectacles and the glass for the 200-inch (5.08 m) telescope at Mt. Palomar in Sandiago Calafronia.

Lithium fluoride, artificially grown as crystal, is clear and transparent and often used in specialist optics for IR, UV and VUV (vacuum UV) applications. It has the lowest refractive index and the farthest transmission range in the deep UV of all common materials.

Telecommunications and Cellphones

Lithium applications are used in more than 60% of mobile phones. Lithium niobate is used extensively in telecommunication products such as mobile phones and optical modulators, for such components as resonant crystals. -Which basicly produce the signal of your phone. Electrical oscillators using resonant crystals

Used as a catalizer in meth labs

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