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
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.
What do Elizabethan cannons, your smartphone, #2 pencils, nuclear reactors, diamonds, and carbon nanotubes all have in common? Graphite – that’s what. Without it,