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  • What is Mars Made Of?

    02/25/2015 3:19:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 79 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matt Williams on
    Like Earth, the interior of Mars has undergone a process known as differentiation. This is where a planet, due to its physical or chemical compositions, forms into layers, with denser materials concentrated at the center and less dense materials closer to the surface. In Mars’ case, this translates to a core that is between 1700 and 1850 km (1050 – 1150 mi) in radius and composed primarily of iron, nickel and sulfur. This core is surrounded by a silicate mantle that clearly experienced tectonic and volcanic activity in the past, but which now appears to be dormant. Besides silicon and...
  • The Nickel Supply Squeeze Is Just Getting Started

    05/28/2014 9:29:58 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    TMO ^ | 5-28-2014 | Investment U
    May 28, 2014 - 06:02 PMInvestment_U Back in January, I wrote a column explaining the supply-demand squeeze in nickel. One way I suggested to play the nickel squeeze, the iPath Dow Jones-AIG Nickel Total Return Sub-Index ETN (NYSE: JJN), is up 38% from my recommendation. Did you buy that fund? Well, if you didn't, there's no need to kick yourself. The nickel run isn't over. In fact, if anything, the supply/demand squeeze powering nickel's surge is likely to get stronger. The biggest user of nickel is China. Nickel is used to make stainless steel, and China makes a lot of...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • Earth's Inner Fort Knox [Earth's core has 1.6 quadrillion tons of gold]

    12/13/2006 10:58:55 PM PST · by grundle · 56 replies · 1,851+ views
    Discover magazine ^ | September 2006 | Anne Wootton
    Searching for a pot of gold? Try the center of the Earth. More than 99 percent of Earth's gold is missing—it all sank to the center of the planet billions of years ago. In fact, says geologist Bernard Wood of Macquarie University in Australia, there's enough gold in Earth's core to coat its surface in 1.5 feet of the stuff. How did it get there? Earth formed from a series of smaller planetesimals that crashed together over the course of 30 million to 40 million years. Wood deduced how much gold ought to be present in Earth's crust by comparing...
  • US indicts Iranian nabbed in Philippines over nuke export plot

    07/13/2012 8:45:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    ABS CBN (Reuters) ^ | 07/14/2012
    A US federal grand jury has indicted two men, one from Iran and the other from China, on charges of conspiring to send materials from the United States to Iran for the purpose of enriching uranium, the US Justice Department said on Friday. Using a Chinese company as a go-between to avoid trade sanctions, the men tried for three years to obtain US materials, such as high-strength steel, that could be used in an Iranian nuclear program, the department said. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki was arrested in May in the Philippines, while the other man, Zongcheng Yi of China, remains...
  • A cleaner, faster battery [Nickel-Iron]

    07/10/2012 11:09:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUL 09, 2012 | Provided by Canadian Light Source
    A team of Stanford and Canadian Light Source researchers have developed an ultrafast rechargeable battery from non-toxic materials. This new rechargeable battery uses nanostructures to update a century-old idea: the nickel-iron bat-tery. Those early batteries, developed by Thomas Edison in 1901 to power electric cars, have been out of favour for a while. In addition to taking a long time to recharge, they just weren’t as powerful as other sources. There are, however, compelling reasons to improve the batteries’ efficiency. “Nickel-iron batteries are attractive because they are cheap and, relative to other battery materials like lithium, they are not very...
  • Patent Office Forces E-Cat Self-Destruct Capability

    06/08/2011 11:00:52 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 62 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 8 2011 | Hank Mills
    PESN associate Hank Mills, composed this for PESN. To preserve intellectual property and trade secrets, Andrea Rossi is being forced to design a self destruct mechanism to be built into every E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) used by the public. This could delay the public (non-industrial) launch of the technology. Andrea Rossi's cold fusion E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) technology is based on hard science, but is nothing short of a miracle. It provides a technology that could completely solve the world's energy crisis. The E-Cat consumes tiny amounts of cheap fuel (nickel and hydrogen), and produce huge amounts of energy for long periods...
  • Rare U.S. nickel sells for $3.7 million

    01/08/2010 4:24:57 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 30 replies · 2,104+ views
    upi ^ | Jan. 8, 2010
    ORLANDO , Fla., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- An extremely rare U.S. nickel that was featured in an episode of TV's "Hawaii Five-O" sold for more than $3.7 million in Florida, the auctioneers said. Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, said the 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five of its kind known to still exist, sold for $3,737,500 Thursday at the Orlando Convention Center. "It is probably the most famous United States rare coin because it was seen by tens of millions of viewers in an episode of 'Hawaii Five-O,'" Rohan said. The names of the...
  • Early Volcanoes Minted Nickel

    11/22/2009 9:59:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 821+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 20 November 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageGreen gold. A complex geological process produced this sample of nickel sulfide. Credit: Marco Fiorentini, Science Those spare nickels in your pocket might not be there without the help of ancient volcanoes that blasted sulfur dioxide into the sky billions of years ago. The discovery solves a mystery that has dogged researchers for decades, says geochemist Edward Ripley of Indiana University, Bloomington, who was not affiliated with the study. The nickel in ore deposits is actually nickel sulfide, a compound that is rich in sulfur. The sulfur is "critically important," says geochemist Douglas Rumble of the Carnegie Institution...
  • Metal 'Snakes' Fall Far Short of Life

    04/06/2009 3:54:04 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 758+ views
    ICR ^ | April 6, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Metal 'Snakes' Fall Far Short of Life by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Researchers at Argonne National Laboratories have observed nickel filings ordering into rows atop a special fluid. With precisely structured electromagnetic fields surrounding them, the snake-like rows undulated in their beakers. The magnetically-motivated metal’s meanderings appeared so lifelike that Wired Science writer Alexis Madrigal suggested the tiny nickel trains can provide “clues about how life originally organized itself.”...
  • Earth's Core, Magnetic Field Changing Fast, Study Says

    07/10/2008 1:53:24 PM PDT · by hripka · 138 replies · 298+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | June 30, 2008 | Kimberly Johnson
    Rapid changes in the churning movement of Earth's liquid outer core are weakening the magnetic field in some regions of the planet's surface, a new study says. "What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes take place in the Earth's magnetic field," said study co-author Nils Olsen, a geophysicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen. The findings suggest similarly quick changes are simultaneously occurring in the liquid metal, 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) below the surface, he said. The swirling flow of molten iron and nickel around Earth's solid center triggers an electrical current, which generates the...
  • Congress looking at steel pennies and nickels

    05/08/2008 8:42:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 127+ views ^ | 05/07/2008 | By LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Further evidence that times are tough: It now costs more than a penny to make a penny. And the cost of a nickel is more than 7 1/2 cents. Surging prices for copper, zinc and nickel have some in Congress trying to bring back the steel-made pennies of World War II, and maybe using steel for nickels, as well. Copper and nickel prices have tripled since 2003 and the price of zinc has quadrupled, said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., whose subcommittee oversees the U.S. Mint. Keeping the coin content means "contributing to our national debt by almost...
  • Coin shortage could turn pennies to nickels

    01/24/2007 2:47:39 PM PST · by presidio9 · 56 replies · 2,416+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/24/07
    Talk about pennies from heaven. A potential shortage of coins in the United States could mean all those pennies in your piggy bank could be worth five times their current value soon, says an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Sharply rising prices of metals such as copper and nickel have meant the face value of pennies and nickels are worth less than the material that they are made of, increasing the risk that speculators could melt the coins and sell them for a profit. Such a risk spurred the U.S. Mint last month to issue regulations limiting...
  • Nickel tumbles 4 percent by end of LME trading

    09/04/2006 8:02:44 PM PDT · by DebtAndDelusion · 23 replies · 845+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2006 | Anna Stablum
    Nickel prices took a severe beating in late trade at the London Metal Exchange on Monday, falling over $1,000 from Friday's kerb close. Three-months futures ended Monday's kerb at $27,600 per tonne, down $1,100, or 3.8 percent. Once selling began, the metal slipped into free-fall, traders said. "It was around $28,500, then on the next trade -- which was half an hour later -- it had gone down $300, then another $300." Volumes were tiny and support practically non-existent."It was trading one lot, then two lots, then one. There was a void underneath it," the trader said. Sellers may have...
  • Phelps Dodge to buy Inco, Falconbridge for $40 bln

    06/26/2006 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 325+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jun 26, 2006 6:23am ET14 | Ben Berkowitz and Rachelle Younglai
    NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Phelps Dodge Corp. <PD.N> on Monday said it would acquire Canada's Inco Ltd. <N.TO> and Falconbridge Ltd. for about $40 billion in a blockbuster deal to create the world's largest nickel miner and second-largest copper producer. Phelps Dodge said it would buy Inco for C$80.13 per share in cash and stock. Inco, which already agreed to buy Falconbridge, in turn raised its existing offer for Falconbridge to an implied value of C$62.11 per share. Phelps Dodge presented the terms in Canadian currency and the deal value in U.S. dollars. The deal had an immediate impact on...
  • 'In God We Trust' goes missing

    05/20/2006 9:07:52 AM PDT · by Phil Harmonic · 152 replies · 3,811+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 20, 2006 | WFAA-TV
    'In God We Trust' goes missing School plays it safe with yearbook cover photo 08:37 AM CDT on Saturday, May 20, 2006 WFAA-TV The freedom of religion at Liberty Elementary School has gone too far for some parents at the Colleyville school. The cover of the Keller ISD school's annual depicts the 2005 Liberty Nickel – complete with the face of Thomas Jefferson – but the words "In God We Trust" are missing. Instead, the $16 yearbook contains a sticker with the credo and directions on how to apply it to the cover if the owner chooses.
  • Historic Nickel with Forward-Facing Jefferson Heads into Circulation

    01/13/2006 1:55:07 PM PST · by RayBob · 23 replies · 1,224+ views
    United States Mint Press Office ^ | January 12, 2006 | US MINT PRESS OFFICE
    Historic Nickel with Forward-Facing Jefferson Heads into Circulation WASHINGTON – Pouring hundreds of shiny, new 2006 nickels from a silver goblet designed by President Thomas Jefferson, officials at the United States Mint launched into circulation today the Nation’s first circulating coin that features the image of a United States President facing forward. The Nation’s coinage has depicted profiles of presidents for nearly a century. This new image of President Thomas Jefferson is based on a Rembrandt Peale portrait of Jefferson, painted in 1800. The United States Mint expects to ship approximately a billion of the new five-cent coins (nickels) to...
  • A First for the United States: Jefferson to Face Forward on 2006 Nickel

    10/13/2005 10:41:05 AM PDT · by RayBob · 29 replies · 1,496+ views
    United States Mint Web Site ^ | 10/5/2005 | US Mint
    A First for the United States: Jefferson to Face Forward on 2006 Nickel WASHINGTON – The Nation’s circulating coins have featured the profiles of presidents for nearly a century. The United States Mint is announcing that for the first time in history, the image of President Thomas Jefferson will face forward on the 2006-dated 5-cent coin (nickel). This new image, based on a Rembrandt Peale painting of Jefferson in 1800, is expected to grace the nickel for years to come. The United States Mint will launch into circulation the 2006 nickel, called “Jefferson, 1800,” early next year, concluding the Westward...
  • FReep this poll - Cheerful Jefferson on New Nickel

    10/05/2005 11:17:41 AM PDT · by null and void · 27 replies · 1,029+ views
    AP Via AOL ^ | 10/5/05 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 5) - After nearly 100 years of depicting presidents in somber profiles on the nation's coins, the Mint is trying something different: The new nickel features Thomas Jefferson, facing forward, with the hint of a smile. "It isn't a silly smile or a smirk, but a sense of optimism that I was trying to convey with the expression," says Jamie Franki, an associate professor of art at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. His drawing was chosen out of 147 entries. In unveiling the design Tuesday, Mint officials said they believed the new image of Jefferson was an appropriate...
  • First measurements of Earth's core radioactivity

    07/27/2005 11:13:59 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies · 1,496+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/27/05 | Celeste Biever
    EARTH'S natural radioactivity has been measured for the first time. The measurement will help geologists find out to what extent nuclear decay is responsible for the immense quantity of heat generated by Earth. Our planet's heat output drives the convection currents that churn liquid iron in the outer core, giving rise to Earth's magnetic field. Just where this heat comes from is a big question. Measurements of the temperature gradients across rocks in mines and boreholes have led geologists to estimate that the planet is internally generating between 30 and 44 terawatts of heat. Some of this heat comes from...
  • Rare Nickel Sells for More Than $4 Million to New Jersey Company

    06/02/2005 1:28:15 PM PDT · by aculeus · 25 replies · 1,755+ views
    Tampa Bay on line ^ | June 2, 2005 | By David Tirrell-Wysocki, Associated Press Writer
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Not many people can retire on a nickel - unless it's a rare 1913 Liberty Head like the one that sold Thursday for $4.15 million. It is the second-highest price ever reported paid for a rare coin. Legend Numismatics, a coin dealership in Lincroft, N.J., bought it from collector Ed Lee of Merrimack, N.H. It is one of only five such nickels known to exist. "Owning a 1913 Liberty Head nickel is unlike owning any other coin in the world," said Laura Sperber, co-president of Legend Numismatics. She called the 1913 Liberty Head the most famous...
  • Buffalo nickel is unveiled with drum beating and tribal chants

    03/02/2005 2:59:25 PM PST · by Willie Green · 51 replies · 1,850+ views
    Twin Falls Times-News ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2005 | Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. WASHINGTON (AP) -- With 2,000-pound Cody the bison standing as a silent witness, the U.S. Mint marked the return of the buffalo nickel Tuesday after a 67-year absence. Accompanied by Indian dancing, drum-beating and chanting, U.S. Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore displayed the new nickels publicly for the first time during a ceremony on the snowy grounds of Capitol Hill with Cody standing patiently next to her, occasionally snorting in the cold air. Some 97 million of the five-cent coins are being shipped this week from the Federal Reserve's 12 regional...
  • U.S. Mint to Unveil New Nickel Designs

    09/16/2004 7:25:57 AM PDT · by evets · 79 replies · 1,541+ views
    yahooooooooo ^ | 09-16-04 | JEANNINE AVERSA,
    WASHINGTON - There's change in store for Thomas Jefferson — on the nickel that is. He's getting his first makeover since his likeness was put on the coin in 1938. The makers of the nation's coins, the U.S. Mint, was unveiling Thursday designs for two new nickels. It's the latest in a series of design changes for the coins to honor two important events in U.S. history: the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The revamped nickels will be issued in 2005. A new likeness of Jefferson, the third president, will be on the front of the two...
  • Woman Gets Notice for Owing a Nickel

    07/16/2004 12:22:50 PM PDT · by Chummy · 34 replies · 1,653+ views
    Associated Press / The Wenatchee World ^ | July 15, 2004 | Associated Press
    Woman Gets Notice for Owing a Nickel Associated Press July 15, 2004, 7:03 PM EDT EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. -- When the Washington state Department of Employment Security notified Sandi Bryan that she owed money for an unemployment compensation overpayment more than six years ago, she picked up the phone. Little good that did -- until word that she was being threatened with court action over a nickel reached the right ears. Bryan told The Wenatchee World she asked the state employee who took her call on a toll-free line whether she should mail in a nickel taped to a piece...
  • 1913 Liberty Head Nickel Sells for $3M

    05/20/2004 7:11:57 PM PDT · by evets · 14 replies · 222+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05/20/04 | MARY FOSTER
    NEW ORLEANS - A 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was minted under mysterious circumstances, owned by royalty and celebrated in an episode of TV's "Hawaii Five-O" was sold Thursday for $3 million. "Many argue this is the most important coin in our history," said Bruce L. Smith of Blanchard and Co., which brokered the sale. "I think it's the most beautiful." Neither the buyer, described as both a collector and investor, nor the seller was identified. At least two other coins have sold for more, both at auction. In 1999, an 1804 silver dollar sold for $4.14 million. Two years...
  • Norilsk Nickel profit up almost 100 %

    05/07/2004 8:00:02 PM PDT · by RussianConservative · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Russian Journal ^ | May 06, 2004
    The largest nickel producer in the world, Russian company Norilsk Nickel, announced first-quarter profit increased on 82 percent under Russian accounting standards as metals prices rised to record high. Net income rose to $600 million from $330 million a year earlier, according to company’s spokeswoman. "In subsequent quarters their earnings should be a little bit lower," said Scott Semet, an analyst at MDM Bank. Market prices for nickel and other metals fell last month as buyers turned to cheaper substitutes and investors speculated that demand may slow in China. Nickel reached a 14-year high, platinum a 24-year peak and palladium...
  • Move Over, Gold... (pennies and nickels may be worth more for their metal content)

    02/27/2004 11:48:14 AM PST · by hripka · 32 replies · 1,779+ views
    The Investment U E-Letter ^ | February 27, 2004 | Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
    #315 - Move Over, Gold... The Investment U E-Letter Friday, February 27, 2004 * * * * * * * Move Over, Gold... Here's why it might be time to start burying pennies and nickels in your back yard, too... By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud President, Investment U You need to make some room next to the gold buried in your backyard... Room for pennies and nickels... I'm only half joking. Starting this year, pennies and nickels may be worth more for their metal content than for their purchasing power. It's true... The U.S. dollar has been crashing in value in...
  • U.S. to get two new nickels

    11/06/2003 1:03:33 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 235+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 11/06/03 | Gordon T. Anderson
    <p>YORK (CNN/Money) - In April of this year, the U.S. Mint announced that it would redesign the five-cent coin, with a new nickel to be released in 2004. Today, the Mint unveiled designs for not one new nickel, but two.</p>
  • Nickel gets a makeover

    11/06/2003 8:52:05 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 52 replies · 678+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | November 6, 2003 | AP
    (WASHINGTON) -- After 65 years, the American nickel is getting its first makeover. But you'll have to flip it over to see a difference. Thomas Jefferson's face will still be on the front. But the back will be different. Instead of Jefferson's home, Monticello, it will depict scenes from the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis-and-Clark expedition to commemorate their bicentennials. Jefferson arranged the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States. He also was the force behind the expedition by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific coast and back. The U.S. Mint, which makes the nation's...
  • Missing 1913 Liberty Head nickel appears

    07/30/2003 8:08:29 AM PDT · by CFW · 13 replies · 417+ views
    AP via Boston Glob ^ | 7/30/03 | By Sarah Brumfield
    <p>By Sarah Brumfield, Associated Press, 7/30/2003 10:53 BALTIMORE (AP) A million-dollar mystery was solved early Wednesday with experts certifying that a nickel that had been missing for decades is the fifth 1913 Liberty Head nickel.</p> <p>Relatives of the late George Walton, a North Carolina coin dealer, took the coin to the experts at the American Numismatic Association convention that opened Wednesday. The relatives did not want to be identified.</p>
  • China Sustains Demand For Nickel Imports

    06/21/2003 8:35:44 PM PDT · by pttttt · 450+ views
    Yahoo/Dow Jones ^ | June 19, 2003 | Wong China Peck
    News Home - Yahoo! - Help ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Yahoo! News   Sat, Jun 21, 2003   Business - Dow Jones Business News Indonesia Antam: Nickel Demand Strong Despite Outokumpu Thu Jun 19, 8:27 AM ET Singapore, June 19 (OsterDowJones) - Despite one of the world's largest stainless steel makers saying demand has softened, China's strong consumption growth is enough to boost demand for nickel, the key raw material, Indonesia's PT Aneka Tambang told OsterDowJones late Thursday. As the company, also known as Antam, sells 50% of its annual nickel production to Europe, it watches warnings from European steel makers keenly, but...
  • Wanted: Nickel With A $1M Price On Its Head

    05/30/2003 4:51:36 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 271+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-31-2003 | David Usborne
    Wanted: nickel with a $1m price on its head By David Usborne in New York 31 May 2003 Americans are being asked to rummage in their attics and pockets for a single coin, which, should they find it, could make them very wealthy indeed. The Liberty Head Nickel may have a face value of only five cents, but it could be worth US$1m (about £610,000). A New Hampshire gallery, Bowers and Merena, which specialises in precious coins, has issued a $1m reward for the nickel, one of only five minted 90 years ago under clandestine circumstances. From 1883 until 1912,...
  • $1 million reward offered for missing 1913 Liberty Head nickel

    05/26/2003 5:42:21 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 548+ views
    AP ^ | 05/26/03
    Bowers and Merena Galleries/AP Photo of a rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of five in the world. CONCORD, N.H. -- A nationwide bounty hunt is under way -- with a $1 million reward. The target: a 90-year-old nickel. After being born of questionable, some say clandestine, circumstances, five 1913 Liberty Head nickels surfaced in the 1920s. Two are in private collections, two are in museums, but the whereabouts of the fifth has confounded collectors for at least 40 years."There's a little bit of gimmick to it," concedes Paul Montgomery, president of Bowers and Merena Galleries of Wolfeboro, N.H.,...
  • Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events

    04/24/2003 7:54:44 PM PDT · by mikenola · 18 replies · 766+ views
    Posted on Thu, Apr. 24, 2003 Nickel Makeover to Commemorate 2 Events REBECCA CARROLL Associated Press WASHINGTON -The nickel is getting a makeover. The back side of the new 5-cent coin will commemorate the bicentennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition. The U.S. Mint hopes to issue the nickels late this year or in early 2004. In 2006, nickels will return to a depiction of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia home, although the image will not necessarily replicate the version on today's coin. Lawmakers from Virginia pushed for and received assurance that the coin design...
  • Euro coins 'trigger allergy' (BAD IDEA ALERT)

    09/12/2002 3:40:05 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 320+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 12, 2002 | BBC News
    High nickel levels in some euro coins can cause red hands and painful itching, researchers warn. Other symptoms include inflation, loss of national sovereignty, bureaucrats in Brussels being insufferably smug... - Ivan Researchers from the University of Zurich say the design of the one and two euro coins - an external ring of metal surrounding an inner "pill" of a different colour - lead to the release of high levels of the metal. They say the yellow and white alloys contain different amounts of nickel, copper and zinc, which encourage corrosion as metal ions flow from one alloy to the...
  • Nicked Off - The Battle of Monticello

    06/19/2002 12:08:43 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 27 replies · 707+ views
    NRO ^ | 06/19/02 | John J. Miller
    The U.S. Mint almost booted Monticello off the nickel this week — until Virginia's delegation to the House of Representatives, led by Republican Eric Cantor, introduced legislation to stop it. That's the story Cantor's office is spreading, though the Mint says the whole thing is just a big misunderstanding. What's clear, however, is that the Mint doesn't want next year's nickels looking like the ones now jingling in your pocket. The Mint would like to redesign all of America's coins. Its ongoing 50 State Quarters program has been a popular success. As a celebration of federalism, too, it's something conservatives...