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Permalink Flasher T 
January 19th, 2006
Beryllium is fun stuff.

I remember our technical staff freaking out when somebody asked them to engineer some custom x-ray windows for an experiment.

One of the main research centers for Beryllium is Los Alamos, after the Weapons boys moved deeper into the desert. Their laboratories had the right safety regime for handling the stuff.

I heard a story of one laboratory room beeing closed and sealed permanently after a researcher dropped a vile containing beryllium oxide powder on the floor (the man survived because he was wearing a 'spacesuit').

Considering all this I find it funny that the name means 'sweet' in Greek, as it's compounds taste sweet - as witnessed by early chemists :-)
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 19th, 2006
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