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  • EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From ‘Blood Minerals’ Firm

    06/02/2016 10:49:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces “blood minerals” is among the Clinton Foundation’s biggest donors, thanks to a ($100 million pledge) in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.“Blood minerals” are related to “blood diamonds,” which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords. When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the “Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative,” the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the...
  • US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

    05/31/2016 3:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mining ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    US scientists have found what it could be key for the future of the country’s ailing coal industry as they detected that ashes from local operations, particularly those around the Appalachian region, are very rich in rare earth elements. Researchers from North Carolina-based Duke University analyzed coal ashes from coal-fired power plants throughout the US, including those in the largest coal-producing regions: the Appalachian Mountains; southern and western Illinois; and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. One of the team main conclusions was that coal waste generated by the Appalachian coal operations was the richest in rare earth...
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • Taliban is capturing Afghanistan's $1 trillion mining wealth

    10/23/2015 4:59:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    India Times ^ | Oct 22, 2015 | N/A
    Taliban fighters aren't just making gains on the battlefield: They're also bleeding away a revenue source that is crucial for Afghanistan to pay for its military without US help. The Afghan government will earn about $30 million in 2015 from its mineral sector for the third straight year, far short of a previous projection of $1.5 billion, according to Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba. That's also a quarter of what smugglers -mostly linked to the Taliban and local warlords -earn annually selling rubies and emeralds, he said.
  • Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos

    08/27/2015 2:38:18 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 8/26/2015 | Carnegie Institution, Robert Hazen
    New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the cosmos. Minerals form from novel combinations of elements. These combinations can be facilitated by both geological activity, including volcanoes, plate tectonics, and water-rock interactions, and biological activity, such as chemical reactions with oxygen and organic material.
  • ‘They tied me up and hacked off my lips’

    07/18/2003 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 43 replies · 1,395+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 07/19/03 | Jonathan Clayton
    An army of child tyrants is terrorising nothern Uganda FIRST the rebels tied Geofrey Obita’s hands behind his back so tightly that he could barely move his fingers. Then, telling the 16-year-old schoolboy not to scream, they sliced off his ears. Then they pushed him down to the ground and cut off what they could of his lips. “They were all over me, stamping, pushing, cutting. I could not move, I could barely breathe,” he told The Times in a barely audible whisper from his hospital bed in the small impoverished northern Ugandan town of Kitgum. Yet the child soldiers...
  • $1 Trillion Trove of Rare Minerals Revealed Under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, according to U.S. scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after U.S.-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet geological maps and reports up to...
  • $1tn in rare minerals found under Afghanistan

    09/06/2014 7:27:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | September 06, 2014 | Charles Choi
    Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Afghanistan may be sitting on one of the richest troves of minerals in the world, valued at nearly $1 trillion, top science news website Live Science reports quoting US scientists. Afghanistan, a country nearly the size of Texas, is loaded with minerals deposited by the violent collision of the Indian subcontinent with Asia. The US Geological Survey (USGS) began inspecting what mineral resources Afghanistan had after US-led forces drove the Taliban from power in the country in 2004. As it turns out, the Afghanistan Geological Survey staff had kept Soviet...
  • US and North Korea’s $6 trillion in mineral wealth (we're spoiling for war over rare-earth minerals)

    04/22/2013 10:47:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Iran's Press TV ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ramin Mazaheri, Press TV, Seoul
    While oil has been the motivating factor for US-led wars in the Middle East, many are wondering what might be behind their constant belligerence towards Pyongyang. But while North Korea may not have oil, the estimated value of their mineral deposits is a staggering $6 trillion, according to the South Korean government. North Korea is sitting on world’s second-largest supply of rare earth metals, which are essential for modern electronics like laptops, smartphones, solar electricity panels and precision missiles. The US, along with their allies Japan, Taiwan and South Korea, three major producers of sophisticated electronics, are surely interested in...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • New Magnesium Discovery: Anti-inflammatory benefits

    07/25/2012 4:30:54 AM PDT · by djf · 52 replies
    Of all the minerals, magnesium has always been close to my heart – in more ways than one. Magnesium is truly a wonder mineral While people might be aware of the power of this mineral, there is now scientific evidence that takes magnesium to a new level. A study was conducted on more than 3700 women who were post menopausal. The results were astounding in that it was revealed that magnesium has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. This is great news for people like you and I who are health-conscious and do not wish to depend upon harmful medications to reveal inflammatory-related...
  • Projections upped for Ely mine's 'monster deposit'

    06/14/2012 11:14:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    biz journals ^ | 6-14-12 | Katharine Grayson
    Officials from Duluth Metals Ltd. say the site of a proposed mine near Ely has more metal deposits than it expected, the Associated Press reports. Duluth Metals CEO and Chairman Christopher Dundas called the area a "monster deposit" and said metals there could be worth more than $100 billion. Duluth, a Toronto company that has its U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, plans to invest $2 billion in the mine and create hundreds of jobs through its subsidiary Twin Metals Minnesota LLC. However, mining likely won't kick off for several years.
  • The Moon Is Bursting With Precious Titanium

    10/13/2011 7:29:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Oct 12, 2011 01:16 PM ET | By Irene Klotz
    A new map of the moon has uncovered a trove of areas rich in titanium, which could one day be mined. Lava flows that turned into rocks on the moon are enriched with titanium in concentrations far higher than what is found on Earth. The precious material could be used to construct equipment for lunar and other spacecraft.< Detailed maps from a robotic NASA science satellite circling the moon show deposits as rich as about 18 percent, planetary geologist Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, with the University of Hawaii, told Discovery News. “Up to 3 percent is considered high on Earth,” he said....
  • Is shale a mineral? (Marcellus Shale)

    09/22/2011 9:39:03 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 24 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 22 September 2011 | Timothy Puko
    For anyone who's played the game "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral," it might seem obvious that the Marcellus shale isn't alive and doesn't grow -- it's a rock layer in the ground, so it's a mineral. In the Pennsylvania courts, the answer is not so clear. A Susquehanna County Common Pleas court is headed for a hearing to determine whether the gas-rich Marcellus shale is a mineral, and therefore, included in mineral rights. The state Superior Court ruled this month that case law is unclear, leaving big questions over who legitimately controls drilling rights and the valuable natural gas in the mile-deep...
  • Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts

    07/03/2011 9:32:09 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 07/04/2011 | Reuters Staff
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday.
  • California scientists discover how vitamins and minerals may prevent age-related diseases

    05/31/2011 9:23:09 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    New research in the FASEB Journal demonstrates need for public health initiatives aimed at identifying, treating and taking seriously modest vitamin and mineral deficienciesBethesda, MD—Severe deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life is relatively uncommon in developed nations, but modest deficiency is very common and often not taken seriously. A new research published online in the FASEB Journal (, however, may change this thinking as it examines moderate selenium and vitamin K deficiency to show how damage accumulates over time as a result of vitamin and mineral loss, leading to age-related diseases. "Understanding how best to define and...
  • Geology Pictures of the 2 weeks, Feb. 13-26, 2011: Dallol, Ethiopia

    02/27/2011 10:04:15 PM PST · by cogitator · 7 replies
    Stromboli On-Line, Photovolcanica
    I apologize (again) for being off-schedule; I've had these pictures ready to go for awhile, but I haven't been ready to go. Also, look in the first comment for a REAL bonus. Anyway, the hot springs at Dallol, Ethiopia have been very "wet" recently, due to anomalously high precipitation, leading to some really remarkable (other-worldly) scenery. Below are a few, with links to where the others are. Dallol (the recent pictures are at the bottom of the page) Dallol in January-February 2011: Large and colorful ponds
  • GOP walks out on oil, gas debate (NM Legislature)

    02/01/2011 7:17:17 AM PST · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | January 31, 2011 | Trip Jennings
    Six Republican lawmakers marched out of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Monday, the first skirmish of what could turn into a war over environmental and energy legislation this legislative session. Provoking the GOP lawmakers' ire was the committee chairman, Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, whom they accused of playing political games by dressing up propaganda as facts during what was billed as an informational session on the state's oil-and-gas industry. "This is something — for the chairman of the committee to give a black eye to the industry," Rep. William Gray, R-Artesia, said of Monday's meeting. Egolf...
  • Harrison Schmitt: in His Words (Astronaut, NM-Department secretary-designate) )

    01/15/2011 5:17:41 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 12, 2011 | Thomas J. Cole
    Words matter. If they didn't, I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be reading it. So, today, let's visit the words of former astronaut and U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who is Gov. Susana Martinez's pick to head the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. For more than a year, Schmitt has been posting his views on national and international issues on I suspect most of you will agree with some of what he has to say and disagree with other things. The man does have credentials: a doctorate in geology from Harvard and a bachelor's in...
  • China's rare earths export cut raises trade concerns

    12/29/2010 7:15:34 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 4+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/2010 | James Regan
    China has raised fresh international trade concerns after slashing export quotas on rare earths minerals, risking action from the United States at the World Trade Organization. China, which produces about 97 percent of the global supply of rare earth minerals, cut its export quotas by 35 percent for the first half of 2011 versus a year ago, saying it wanted to preserve ample reserves, but warned against basing its total 2011 export quota on the first half figures. U.S. makers of high-tech products such as Apple Inc's iPads, along with Japanese companies have been scrambling to secure reliable supplies of...
  • China Said to Widen Its Embargo of Minerals (EPA Closed the last mine in the U.S.)

    10/19/2010 7:50:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | October19,2010 | KEITH BRADSHER
    HONG KONG — China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further intensify already rising trade and currency tensions with the West. Until recently, China typically sought quick and quiet accommodations on trade issues. But the interruption in rare earth supplies is the latest sign from Beijing that Chinese leaders are willing to use their...
  • China Is Said to Halt Exports to U.S. of Some Key Minerals

    10/19/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 59 replies
    By KEITH BRADSHER Published: October 19, 2010 HONG KONG — China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of some of those same materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further ratchet up already rising trade and currency tensions with the West. Until recently, China typically sought quick and quiet accommodations on trade issues. But the interruption in rare earth supplies is the latest...
  • Germany to help Japan obtain vital rare earths

    10/17/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | October 16 2010 | AFP
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Germany will help Japan gain access to vital rare earth minerals which are being withheld by China in a territorial dispute, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Saturday. Bruederle was speaking on his way home from a visit to Tokyo where he had talks with Japanese trade and economy ministers Akihiro Ohata and Banri Kaieda. He said they had raised the possibility of Japan running out of stocks of the commodities vital for the manufacture of electronic goods such as mobile telephones. In turn Bruederle spoke of eventual joint efforts to explore for new resources of the...
  • Australia on the verge of biggest mining boom since 1850s

    10/12/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Mining Weekly ^ | 12th October 2010 | Esmarie Swanepoel
    PERTH ( – Australia is about to embark on its biggest mining investment boom since the 1850s Gold Rush, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan told investors in the US this week. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics estimates the current pipeline of resources projects in Australia is nearly A$360-billion. A$110-billion of that is in advanced projects. Swan said in a speech delivered at the NYSE that Australia was picking up the pace of its economic reform to make the country an "even more" attractive investment destination.
  • You Don't Bring a Praseodymium Knife to a Gunfight

    10/01/2010 8:49:04 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/29/10 | Tim Worstall
    China thinks it can withhold its exports of obscure but important minerals to get its way with its neighbors. Why it picked the wrong weapon.Last week, the New York Times published a stunning story: China, amid a nasty territorial spat with Japan, had quietly halted shipments of rare-earth minerals to its East Asian neighbor, threatening to escalate a skirmish into a full-blown trade war. China swiftly denied the story, while other journalists rushed to confirm it. The Times reported on Sept. 28 that China, while still not admitting the existence of the ban, may be tacitly lifting it -- but...
  • Are there hidden costs to over-dependence on China? Japan just found out

    09/27/2010 12:05:57 PM PDT · by goldendays · 26 replies ^ | 09/27/2010 | Matthew E. Kahn,
    "China mines 93 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals, and more than 99 percent of the world’s supply of some of the most prized rare earths .. Japan has been the main buyer of Chinese rare earths for many years, using them for a wide range of industrial purposes, like making glass for solar panels. They are also used in small steering control motors in conventional gasoline-powered cars as well as in motors that help propel hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius. American companies now rely mostly on Japan for magnets and other components using rare earth elements, as...
  • America's Fast Track to the Third World

    07/21/2010 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2010 | Dan Gorski
    The Department of Defense has sounded an alarm about our access to a strategically vital group of metals called the rare earth elements. A report on the problem prepared by the GAO is not pretty. It concludes the Chinese now control the production, processing and manufacture of final products of these vital metals and now own the patents for many of these processes. The worries of the DoD are well justified; missile guidance systems, smart bombs, night vision gear, unmanned aircraft and much more are dependent on the rare earth elements in some way. Without these metals, our weapons technology...
  • Estimated $1 trillion in the ground, but mining critics are concerned about BWCAW (MN)

    06/21/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 6-21-10 | John Myers
    ALONG THE SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER — Just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilder­ness, deep below the lakes and streams that have defined this area’s value for centuries, lies a fortune to be made. Everyone involved in Minnesota’s copper mining controversy agrees there’s an incredibly rich deposit of nickel, platinum, palladium, copper and other high-demand minerals under this rugged land. “The Duluth Complex is perhaps the world’s largest untapped resource of (copper, nickel and platinum group metals) with multibillion tons of geologic resources estimated to be worth more than $1 trillion,”
  • Why Lithium Can't Save Afghanistan

    06/21/2010 10:57:00 AM PDT · by epithermal · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery ^ | Jun 15, 2010 | Michael Reilly
    Following the news Monday that geologists have found a mother lode of minerals in Afghanistan -- reports argued deposits of iron, copper, gold and other goodies could collectively be worth close to $1 trillion -- it's worth asking a few extra questions. In particular, there's been an unusually strong focus on the lithium portion of the find. A key ingredient in high-tech batteries for laptops, smart phones, electric cars and the like, its been heralded as the future cornerstone of the world's energy infrastructure. But is lithium really going to save Afghanistan, as many media outlets seem to think? Nope,...
  • Analysis: Did the "gray lady" get played?

    06/16/2010 2:32:21 PM PDT · by CherrieCole82 · 7 replies · 684+ views
    GlobalPost ^ | 06/16/2010 | Jean MacKenzie
    It seems the Times’ reporter, James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, did what a lot of great reporters do: He picked up on a story that had been floating around for weeks, months, years, or maybe even back to the Soviet era, depending on which geological surveys you choose to reference, and he made it relevant in the current context. A question that many media watchers, military analysts and pundits are now wondering is whether The New York Times gave that story shape or whether it was somehow played by the U.S. military to see the value of the mineral deposits...
  • U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan ($1 Trillion in Assets)

    06/16/2010 11:42:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 347+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 13, 2010 | JAMES RISEN
    The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. An internal Pentagon memo,...
  • The trillion-dollar Afghan battlefield

    06/16/2010 2:23:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 370+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 15, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Afghanistan just got its worst news since the Soviet invasion three decades ago: American geologists have charted as much as a trillion dollars' worth of mineral deposits in that tormented landscape. Up to now, Afghanistan's internal factions and neighbors have been fighting over worthless dirt, Allah and opium. Assigning the battlefield a trillion-dollar value is not a prescription for reconciliation. Expect "The Beverly Hillbillies" scripted by Satan. Even were Afghanistan at peace, its endemic corruption would generate a grabocracy -- a Nigeria, not a Norway. Throw in inherited hatreds and the appetites of its neighbors, and Afghanistan may end up...
  • Say what? Afghanistan has $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources? (old news)

    06/14/2010 11:52:36 AM PDT · by epithermal · 14 replies · 323+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 14, 2010 | Blake Hounshell
    Wow! Talk about a game changer. The story goes on to outline Afghanistan's apparently vast underground resources, which include large copper and iron reserves as well as hitherto undiscovered reserves lithium and other rare minerals. Read a little more carefully, though, and you realize that there's less to this scoop than meets the eye. For one thing, the findings on which the story was based are online and have been since 2007, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Afghanistan awash in $1 trillion of valuable minerals (Do we stand to benefit from it?)

    06/14/2010 10:05:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 317+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/13/2010 | Rick Moran
    This is either good news or bad news depending on your point of view. It is doubtful that this vast mineral wealth will benefit the Afghan people. With no mining expertise, the government will turn to foreign companies to exploit the finds. Historically, little of that wealth redounds to the benefit of ordinary people. But there are several strategic minerals vital to American national security that a friendly Afghanistan government could make sure we receive a good share. The previously unknown deposits - including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium - are so...
  • $1 Trillion in Minerals Discovered in Afghanistan

    06/14/2010 5:19:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies · 1,083+ views
    The Corner - NRO ^ | 6-14-10 | Daniel Foster
    $1 Trillion in Minerals Discovered in Afghanistan [Daniel Foster] The New York Times reports that a team of U.S. Defense Department officials and geologists have discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped iron, copper, cobalt, gold, lithium, and other minerals scattered throughout Afghanistan — enough to “fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.” E.g.: — An internal Pentagon memo predicts Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” an important component of high-end batteries. — “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant,”...
  • U.S. Military Supply of Rare Earth Elements Not Secure

    04/18/2010 1:06:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 750+ views
    Tech News Daily ^ | 4/14/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    U.S. military technologies such as guided bombs and night vision rely heavily upon rare earth elements supplied by China, and rebuilding an independent U.S. supply chain to wean the country off that foreign dependency could take up to 15 years, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Both "light" and "heavy" rare earth elements represent a family of minerals found in commercial products ranging from TV displays to cell phones, as well as green technologies such as hybrid electric motors and wind turbines. For example, the rare earth element neodymium is very magnetic and is...
  • Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer risk (mineral deficiencies, nutrigenomics)

    11/14/2009 5:16:38 PM PST · by decimon · 24 replies · 1,244+ views
    Next Big Future ^ | November 14, 2009 | Brian Wang
    > Magnesium is a must. The diets of all Americans are likely to be deficient. Even a mild deficiency causes sensitiveness to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, insomnia, muscle weakness and cramps in the toes, feet, legs, or fingers. Folic acid deficiency can lead to neural tube closure defects (NTDs) and anemia. Zinc deficiency affects immune function, contributing to as many as 800,000 child deaths per year. Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of brain damage and it can significantly lower the IQ of whole populations. >
  • (Rep.) Grijalva Concludes Bush Administration Works for Big Oil (sex,'s Bush's Fault)

    09/11/2008 8:51:43 AM PDT · by rightinthemiddle · 18 replies · 201+ views
    Washington, DC - Today, Representative Raul M. Grijalva, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, issued the following statement after the Department of Interior General released a report regarding the alleged illicit behavior of federal employees of the Minerals Management Service. “The report released today is emblematic of the Bush Administration habit of working for the benefit of big oil companies and corporations and forgetting about the middle and working class in the country. “Instead of working hard to defend the interests of the American taxpayers, the Minerals Management Service under President Bush has a culture...
  • Afghanistan sitting on a gold mine[Natural Resources]

    02/22/2008 10:36:19 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 721+ views
    AFP ^ | 21 Feb 2008 | Sardar Ahmad
    Afghanistan is sitting on a wealth of mineral reserves -- perhaps the richest in the region -- that offer hope for a country mired in poverty after decades of war, the mining minister says. Significant deposits of copper, iron, gold, oil and gas, and coal -- as well as precious gems such as emeralds and rubies -- are largely untapped and still being mapped, Mohammad Ibrahim Adel told AFP. And they promise prosperity for one of the world's poorest countries, the minister said, dismissing concerns that a Taliban-led insurgency may thwart efforts to unearth this treasure. Already in the pipeline...
  • Colossal crystals discovered in cave[Mexico]

    06/06/2007 9:33:40 AM PDT · by BGHater · 30 replies · 2,015+ views
    Geo Times ^ | June 2007 Edition | Megan Sever
    In one of the largest lead and silver mines in the world, workers discovered what researchers are calling the “cathedral” of giant gypsum crystals about 300 meters (about 1,000 feet) belowground. The Naica mine in Mexico contains “huge crystalline beams,” with moonlight luster that is “unforgettable,” says Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, a crystallographer at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. The giant, faceted crystals of gypsum — a soft, whitish mineral — are as long as 11 meters (36 feet) and up to 1 meter (about 3 feet) thick. To figure out how the crystals grew so large, García-Ruiz and colleagues...
  • Superman "S" stands for Serbia

    04/25/2007 6:20:14 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 23 replies · 665+ views
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serb media responded on Wednesday with a sense of pride and patriotism that a new mineral had been found in Serbia closely resembling the makeup of fictional "kryptonite", which rendered Superman helpless. Reacting to the discovery of the real new mineral in western Serbia, they pointed out that "kryptonite" was created from the remains of Superman's home planet Krypton, destroyed in a fireball. "Superman is a Serb!" was the conclusion drawn in headlines favoured by several newspapers. The daily Kurir said: "Finally we have scientific proof that we are God's own people!" Even the staid pro-government daily...
  • 'Kryptonite' discovered in Serbia

    04/24/2007 6:41:06 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies · 2,217+ views
    A new mineral whose composition almost exactly matches that of Superman-felling kryptonite has been unearthed in Serbia by mining company Rio Tinto. The mineral was identified by researchers at the Natural History Museum, and Canada's National Research Council. Mike Rumsey, mineral curator at the Natural History Museum, explains that when the team had worked out the structure of the mineral, sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide, they typed it into Google to see whether anyone had classified it already. The first link returned by the search engine was to a Wikipedia entry on kryptonite, specifically a label on a box of...
  • Canadian team reinforces Arctic claim - global warming bonanza sea route gold diamonds oil emeralds

    04/17/2007 5:29:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1,052+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 17, 2007 | Barry Brown
    TORONTO - Battling high winds, 25-foot ice walls, mechanical breakdowns and whiteout conditions, a Canadian military team, including Eskimo reservists, last week completed a 17-day trek designed to sustain Canada's claim to sovereignty over the high Arctic. "One night was so bad our escort planes couldn't land, and we were out of fuel and kerosene," said Maj. Chris Bergeron, 48, who led the expedition. "But they flew over the storm until there was an opening for our resupply." Conditions at times were so poor that it took hours simply to pitch a tent, Maj. Bergeron added. "The last day, it...
  • FDA attempting to control Vitamins and Minerals

    04/11/2007 8:50:18 AM PDT · by Halgr · 67 replies · 1,371+ views
    FDA Website ^ | 4-11-07 | Halgr
    At the link provided you will see that the FDA is trying to sneak past the public in an attempt to control certain vitamins and minerals. Please, if you feel as concerned as I do, make comments at this site to the FDA on your thoughts regarding this continued "Nanny State" invasion of America. I have Lupus and modern medical science doesn't offer many solutions to my condition, whereas, I find a great deal of relief in certain B-complex vitamins and certain minerals. I am frightened of the possibilies people like me could face if the FDA enacts this "Guidance...
  • Selenium may help lower HIV levels

    01/22/2007 6:48:24 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 58 replies · 1,030+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Jan 22, 2007 | Karla Gale
    Selenium supplements can slow the rise in virus levels in HIV-positive patients, which allows the number of beneficial CD4 immune cell to increase, according to results of a clinical trial supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Low blood levels of selenium have been linked to high HIV virulence and more opportunistic infections, Dr. Barry E. Hurwitz and associates at the University of Miami in Florida report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In lab experiments, the element suppresses HIV-1 replication. Even when antiretroviral therapy (ART) is widely available, failure to keep the virus suppressed "is relatively common,...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • Arizona team develops 'tricorder'

    03/12/2006 8:46:29 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 26 replies · 691+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/10/2006 | Staff
    A University of Arizona researcher is cataloging the spectral fingerprints of all known minerals. Robert Downs is using a Raman spectrometer and now has 1,500 of the 4,000 minerals in his data base. A colleague, M. Bonner Denton, is developing a pocket-size spectrometer that can be used on the 2009 Mars Rover to determine the minerals on that planet. The same technology can be used for handheld instruments on earth. "We're developing a tricorder," Downs said, referring to the instruments the crew of the Starship Enterprise on "Star Trek" used to analyze the chemical composition of the planets they visited....
  • Geology Picture of the Week, September 18-24, 2005: Graphite from Sterling Hill

    09/23/2005 11:04:30 AM PDT · by cogitator · 8 replies · 308+ views
    Michigan Technological University ^ | 1994 | John A. Jaszczak
    Sorry this is at the end of the work-week; I had to travel a bit earlier this week. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but graphite crystals are rarer. More on Sterling Hill: Sterling Hill Mining Museum
  • Venezuela cancels all mining concessions (Hugo Chavez)

    09/23/2005 12:36:43 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 864+ views
    Mining Weekly ^ | September 23, 2005
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday his government was cancelling all mining concessions and would not award any new deals to transnational companies as part of a wider sector restructuring. "Recently ... we decided, after looking at this and looking at that, to cancel all mining concessions. We will not give any more concessions to transnationals," Chavez said in a speech late on Wednesday. Left-winger Chavez has launched a broad campaign to review energy and mineral contracts signed by Venezuela before he first won office in 1998. He says some of the deals are robbing the world's No....
  • Composition of a Comet Poses a Puzzle for Scientists

    09/07/2005 12:10:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,289+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 7, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
    Although comets form at the frigid edges of the solar system, they appear somehow to contain minerals that form only in the presence of liquid water, and at much warmer temperatures, scientists are reporting today. On July 4, as planned, part of the Deep Impact spacecraft - essentially an 820-pound, washing machine-size bullet - slammed into the comet Tempel 1 at 23,000 miles an hour. The collision tossed up thousands of tons of ice and dust from the comet that were observed by telescopes on Earth as well as small flotilla of spacecraft. One of the observers was the Spitzer...