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  1. Discovery
    From heat shields that protected NASA’s Mercury astronauts, to the orbital telescopes of tomorrow, beryllium materials have had a front seat in our nation’s extraordinary exploration of space.
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  2. Historical Perspective
    When compared to the ancient histories of metals such as gold, copper and lead, beryllium is a relative newcomer. Though beryllium was discovered in the late 18th century, its unique properties and commercial value were not recognized until the 1920s.
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  3. Forms of Beryllium
    The three primary forms of beryllium produced are beryllium-containing alloys, pure beryllium metal and beryllia ceramics, also known as beryllium oxide ceramic.
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  4. High School
    This lesson plan, from Discovery Education, will help high school students understand the classification of elements.
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  5. Environmental Benefits
    Beryllium is lightweight and recyclable, important to the environmental impact of any of its end-use applications. You’ll also find it at the center of exciting developments in alternative energy.
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  6. Environmental
    Everyone encounters beryllium. As a naturally occurring element, it's in rocks and soil and as a result, it commonly occurs in air, water and foods. Human activities such as the burning of coal and home heating oil or the processing of earth-based materials into products such as fertilizers can also release beryllium into the air and water. Exposures to beryllium in its natural state are not known to cause adverse health effects.
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  7. OSHA Standard
    Proposed OSHA Beryllium Standard
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  8. Benefits
    Beryllium brings unrivaled advantages to its end-use applications, whether used in its pure metallic form, combined or alloyed in small amounts with other metals or as a beryllia ceramic. The use of beryllium has improved safety and enabled technological breakthroughs previously thought unattainable.
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  9. Transportation
    Beryllium alloys are used in automobile components and airplane equipment to ensure the reliable operation of vital equipment and to enhance fuel efficiency.
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  10. Defense and Security
    Our armed forces rely on beryllium - a critical component of weapons, guidance, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
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