Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.
To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
Europe imports the majority of its lithium, an essential material for the energy transition, yet is home to significant deposits.
OK, we're all getting a little stir-crazy from staying at home. But is a mixed drink with vitamins added really something we should consider?
Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.
Sand may seem abundant when your toes are buried in it, but it's becoming scarce along many coastlines around the world.
At the Sochi summit, African states embraced Russia's newly established relations.
Manufacturing minerals is an expanding field of study. Making more of them could help alleviate various pressures faced by our growing population. But how are they made, and where can they be used?
Of all the planets in the solar system, there’s a reason we call Earth home. It’s made of just the right stuff. It’s not too small, or too big, or too hot or too cold. It’s just right.
If their social media accounts were anything to go by, celebrities can't get enough of vitamin and mineral infusions, or vitamin drips. Now therapy lounges are popping up for everyone else to try.
Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.
Drastic oxygen losses in the world's oceans millions of years ago coincided with mass extinctions. Scientists see this as a warning about how climate change could affect oceans today.
Space mining has the potential to provide a greater supply of resources either for being exploited locally for construction or being sent back to earth.
Electric cars and smartphones have created growing demand – and volatile prices – for once obscure metals.
More and more people are trying veganism, but how does the human body respond to losing animal products from its diet?
The mining industry in South Africa needs an inclusive model that builds on and improves shared value.
Adding a bit of fungus to the initial ingredient list might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to fill in any bits of damage that occur, without the need for human intervention.
Tasty, nutritious, traditional – it's a seasonal superfood. Here's the evidence.
In the decades ahead, our mineral supply will still need to double or triple to meet the demand for electric vehicles and other renewable energy technology.
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa's rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people's land to miners. But communities are fighting back.