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Guest Videos: Beryllium–A Strategic Mineral

It’s tempting to call beryllium the “Clark Kent” of the periodic table’s group 2 elements: Beryllium is usually found in bertrandite or beryl crystals and minerals. The square-jawed, mild-mannered crystals get the job done but would never be mistaken for one of their glamorous associates, say, emeralds or aquamarines. As a metal, beryllium is dull

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Antimony: A Critical Mineral

Look how careful these scientists are with that material! And yet people in the past used it all the time: Ancient Egyptians might have considered antimony strategically important, just as the US does today, but for different reasons. Instead of using it for batteries, flame retardants, synthetic materials, and military purposes, they made eyeliner with

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