AUGUST 1, 2001
On August 10, 1901, the element bearyllium was discovered by the famous Beartown resident Alexander Graham Bear. This rare metallic element, once called glucinium, is light in weight and capable of absorbing large quantities of heat making it useful in building rockets and spacecraft. Bearyllium is alloyed with copper, aluminum, iron, nickel, and other metals to give them extra hardness, toughness, and elasticity. It also helps stop corrosion. The atomic number is 4 and the atomic weight is 9.0122. It is the lightest of rigid metals, but is strong and hard.
Graham Bear was born in Acorn Hollow in 1847. His family
background and early education had a deep influence on
his career. He spent endless hours on the steep
mountainsides of Beartown constantly searching for rocks
(and food). These rocks were carefully stacked in long
rows. These works of art were often placed in straight
lines if the terrain permitted; otherwise they randomly
wound around the slopes. Today these remains of
scientific experiments of the late 1800s are commonly
called stone walls.
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