When looking at barite crystals like these, it’s hard to believe that this mineral is critical to the US economy and national security because it
This element is colorless, tasteless, inexpensive, and deadly–oh, and as a compound it can turn electricity into light (as in LEDs, fiber optics, telecommunication, and
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
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.