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Did you know that beryllium is transparent to X-rays? Or yttrium is found in moon rocks and bullet-proof glass? Or that curium was named after Pierre and Marie Curie? Or that because tantalum is used in cell phones, the demand for it has become so immense that wars have erupted in central Africa?

I did, because I've been clicking through this interactive chart on the TED-Ed platform, which features a free lesson about every single element on the periodic table. Go ahead. Ask me anything about hassium.

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If you have to pre-bake a pie for some function or another, chances are the crust will get a little soggy by the time you serve it. Luckily, pastry genius Stella Parks has a blindingly elegant solution: Magnesium sulfate.

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American cheese may be lacking in the flavour department, but there's no denying the beauty of its meltiness. I hate choosing between taste and texture, but it turns out I don't have to. Using the glory of melting salts, almost any cheese can be transformed into creamy, melty slices.