The name boron originates from the Arabic word بورق buraq or the Persian word بوره burah which are names for the mineral borax.
Because silicon is an important element in semiconductors and high-technology devices, Silicon Valley in California is named after this element since it is the base for a number of technology related industries.
Under standard conditions germanium is a brittle, silvery-white, semi-metallic element.
It is a highly poisonous metallic element having three allotropic forms, yellow, black, and gray, of which the brittle, crystalline gray is the most common.
The name originates from the Greek words anti and monos meaning 'opposed to solitude'.
Obtained from a by-product of refining of lead and copper
Polonium-210 emits alpha particles, which can damage or destroy genetic material inside of cells.