Beryllium is one of the most incredible elements you may never have heard of. Originally called glaucinium as its compounds tasted sweet (think glucose), this strong and lightweight element has found use in spacecraft and nuclear reactors as well as being a component of some of the most popular gemstones. Beryllium can be highly toxic in certain forms and so isn’t found in many everyday items, but it is an essential component of satellite-based telescope mirrors which makes the exploration of our universe possible. Emeralds, one of the most famous gemstones containing beryllium are actually rarer than diamonds!
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