The tech economy needs minerals and metals, and Afghanistan has got a lot of them

Sep 3, 2021
Journalist and book author Guillaume Pitron explains the barriers to getting those minerals out of the ground and putting them to use.
A copper and cobalt mine in Kolwezi in the Democratic republic of Congo in 2018.
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A "new" periodic table shows Earth’s rapidly diminishing elements

Jan 24, 2019
A new chart shows elements sorted by quantities left on earth rather than weight.
A "new" periodic table of elements based on how much of the element is left on Earth.
European Chemical Society

Homeowners get rude awakening on ‘mineral rights’

Sep 19, 2014
If someone owns oil or gas beneath your home, they might displace you to get it.

US rare earth mine to reopen

Dec 27, 2010
A huge pit in the Mojave Desert holds the largest collection of rare earth minerals outside of China. It was shut down years ago due to...