What are some weird facts about boron?
It is used to create flares used by the us navy.
It has one of the greatest nuclear cross sections, meaning that its ability to absorb neutrons is very high. As a result, it is often used in reactor control rods and in emergency criticality control systems.
Yes. And no, that isn't a "wise guy" answer. Boron occurs in nature in several ways, two of which can be contrasted easily. Amorphous boron is a brown powder, and it's soft. Crystalline boron is black and hard (9.3 on Mohs' scale). A reader can use the link provided to our friends at Wikipedia to confirm these facts and mine more.
Boron does not react with water or oxygen but when Boron burns it creates boron trioxide and when Boron burns in air when heated it creates a mixture of Boron trioxide and Boron Nitrate. Boron does not react with Acids or Alkalis and will only react if it is in a highly divided state. Also Boron is oxidised by Nitric Acid to produce Boric Acid and finally Boron reacts with fused Sodium Hydroxide to form…