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  1. Uses for Beryllium
    The unique properties of this lightweight metal make it a critical enabler of modern technologies extensively used throughout aerospace, defense, telecommunications and computer, energy exploration, medical diagnostic and other advanced applications.
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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. Sources of Beryllium
    Where does Beryllium come from? Only the United States, China and Kazakhstan process commercial quantities of beryllium from ore into pure beryllium metal or other beryllium-containing materials. Currently, the only fully integrated producer (from mine to mill fabrication), Materion Brush Inc., is located in the U.S.
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  5. All Grade Levels
    Beryllium and Metal resources for All grade levels.
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  6. Did You Know
    Facts About Beryllium
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  7. Middle School
    This lesson plan, from Discovery Education, will help middle school students identify transition metals and discuss the properties of alloys.
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  8. High School
    This lesson plan, from Discovery Education, will help high school students understand the classification of elements.
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  9. 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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