An Indigenous person in Indonesia protests against a copper and gold mine.
Energy transition minerals are essential to tackling climate change. But First Nations people must have a genuine say in where and how this happens.
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland features around 40,000 exposed polygonal columns of basalt in perfect horizontal sections.
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Nature begins forming patterns at the molecular level – and sometimes they grow to enormous sizes.
There is a U.S. flag on the Moon, but in the future, countries may start to turn access to the Moon and asteroids into serious wealth.
NASA/Neil A. Armstrong
Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.
Maple syrup contains bioactive molecules whose benefits go far beyond the simple pleasure of a sweet treat.
Apart from being a jewel of Canada’s culinary heritage, maple syrup has a complex chemical constitution.
People who don’t drink milk can choose other foods to get the calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals their bodies need.
President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
President Tshisekedi’s government no longer has the excuse that it’s being hampered by the dead hand of his predecessor Joseph Kabila’s cabal.
Namibian phosphorite isn’t just beautiful: it holds secrets from the past.
Studying these deposits gives scientists information about how past environments change. That, in turn, gives us informed estimates on how climates and environments will change in the near future.
Afghanistan has mineral resources that include precious gems and minerals such as copper and rare earth elements.
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Afghanistan has vast mineral resources that have long attracted interest from outside countries, but a lack of infrastructure and political instability means they’re unlikely to aid its economy now.
Manufacturers of dietary supplements aren’t required to provide warnings to consumers about their potential risks. Here’s what to look out for.
Fool’s gold, or pyrite, is made of worthless iron disulfide, but can contain tiny amounts of the real thing. Using an ‘atom probe’, research has uncovered a new way gold atoms can hide in pyrite crystals.
From orange juice, to tea and coffee, to alcohol — different drinks can have different effects on iron absorption. This is worth thinking about if your iron levels are low.
Wind turbines and fighter jets both rely on imported critical minerals.
U.S. Air Force; Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Right now, the nation is almost entirely dependent on other countries for minerals that are used in everything from wind turbines to strike fighters and satellites.
4 billion years ago, the Earth was composed of a series of magma oceans hundreds of kilometres deep.
The rocks provide rare evidence of a time when Earth’s surface was a deep sea of incandescent magma.
A copper mine in Phalaborwa, South Africa. The African continent is home to vast mineral resources.
It seems the production of Earth science knowledge in Africa is simply not progressing, despite the world’s interest in (and exploitation of) the continent’s mineral wealth.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness draws thousands of visitors yearly.
Conservation or copper? A proposed mine in northern Minnesota pits industrial jobs against a thriving outdoor economy.
Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Weathering of rocks like these basalt formations in Idaho triggers chemical processes that remove carbon dioxide from the air.
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.
A worker in the Barroso mine, near Boticas in northern Portugal, 3 September 2018.
Europe imports the majority of its lithium, an essential material for the energy transition, yet is home to significant deposits.
A patron buys a frozen margarita to go in New York City April 2, 2020. Is the quarnatini a safer option?
Getty Images/Stephanie Keith
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?
A block of sand particles held together by living cells.
The University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science
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.