Boron

Symbol, atomic number and atomic mass


Boron is used in metal refining and is rarely naturally occurring in nature.  It is sometimes used in medicines.  Boron is used for building strong bones, treating osteoarthritis, as an aid for building muscles, and for improving thinking skills and muscle coordination.  The melting point of boron is 2079°C.  its boiling point is at 2550°C.  At room temperature, it is a poor electrical conductor.  Boron is capable of forming stable covalently bonded molecular networks.   Boron compounds are being evaluated for treating arthritis. Boron compounds are used to produce glass.   Boron provides a green color in  devices. Boron compounds, such as borax and boric acid, have many uses. Boron-10 is used as a control for nuclear reactors, to detect neutrons, and as a shield for nuclear radiation.

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