A massive, ‘semi-infinite’ trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

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  • Researchers have found hundreds of years’ worth of rare-earth materials underneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a “semi-infinite basis,” according to a study published in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports.
  • Rare-earth metals are crucial in the making of high-tech products such as electric vehicles and batteries, and most of the world has relied on China for almost all of its needs.

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Deep sea ‘gold rush’ moves closer to reality

Exploiting precious metals on the ocean floor is an idea that has been considered for decades.

A deep sea “gold rush” is a controversial new frontier for mining the ocean floor and it has moved a step closer to reality.  The United Nations has published its first plan for managing the extraction of so-called “nodules” – small mineral-rich rocks – from the seabed.

 

 

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UFO Micro Furnace – World’s Smallest Furnace For Performing Assays Of Precious Metal Ore

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Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase 2009

 UFO Micro Furnace is the world’s smallest, lightest, most portable, easiest to use and most affordable furnace for performing assays of precious metal ore.  It is the only one that can be taken to the mine site, and is so simple to use that a trip to the assay office in town is no longer necessary.  UFO stands for Unbelievable Firing Object.

 

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The Wall Street Guru Ball

The Wall Street Guru Ball 

 Wall Street Guru Ball

Well so far 2009 looks, feels and tastes a lot like 2008 did. So you can color me unimpressed. But I guess a new year does give a lot of people the chance to turn over a new leaf. And if your new years resolution list happens to include “significantly increase financial well-being” then this twist on the classic 8-Ball could help. Why rely on stock brokers, bankers or even a hot tip from that guy in accounting when you can trust your assets to a multi-sided die floating in a plastic sphere?

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