When: post World War II
Googled: [Soviet codenames "secret project"]
As far as I know, in the U.S. code names for secret projects are (with exceptions) two words, generated by a central agency (N.S.A. ??) from independent lists of adjectives and nouns, then eyeballed to make sure they aren't inadvertently obscene or come too close to the project's purpose. Results like "Elegant Broomstick" or "Rubicund Hamster" are acceptable.
Does anyone know how this worked in the U.S.S.R? The project in question could be civilian or military or a joint effort.
Date: 1790s-esque Alternative Universe
Search terms: "Palladium working," "work hardening palladium," "cold working palladium," "palladium swords," "palladium phosphorous" and more!
One for the experts here. I'm writing a fantasy book for an RPG. Technology and culture-wise it's the 1790s, with a few fantastical trappings. However, one of the big differences I wanted was that iron and steel are rarely used; instead, platinum was common and found itself utilised for average metalwork (swords, cutlery, clothing etc.)
Platinum, however, has a terribly high melting point and isn't particularly strong. Instead, I'm wondering about palladium. Its melting point is rather high, but I know that in China they needed temperatures near that in order to refine the phosphorous heavy ores they dug up.
My questions are therefore: is palladium able to be made into swords or weapons using late-18th century technology? Is palladium useable as a weapon (for instance as a rapier, sabre or katana)? And if neither of these are possible, which metal element could possibly do the job and replace iron or steel?