Recently the US government put together a list of the 35 minerals that it considers necessary for the security and economic welfare of the country.
This element was named after a Norse goddess of beauty because it comes in many colors, which chemists enjoy playing with: Hard to believe vanadium
This element is on the critical mineral list, and not simply because it soothes an upset tummy. But bismuth is also a lot of fun.
No, it’s not geothermal energy–would you believe lithium?
What does your smartphone have in common with cooking utensils, an electric garage door, fireworks, Sherlock Holmes, and splitting the atom? The element lithium.
What do Elizabethan cannons, your smartphone, #2 pencils, nuclear reactors, diamonds, and carbon nanotubes all have in common? Graphite – that’s what. Without it,