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December 15, 2018

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December 15, 2018

Earth's Cobalt Deposits Formed Much Later Than Previously Believed

Dec. 12, 2018 — Cobalt deposits in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Earth's largest cobalt-mining regions, are 150 million years younger than previously thought, according to a new study. The study ... read more

Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone to Save Gorilla Populations

Dec. 5, 2018 — The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new ... read more

Why Polluted Air May Be a Threat to Your Kidneys

Aug. 24, 2018 — Of the many well-documented risks of dirty air, one potential danger is lesser known: chronic kidney ... read more

Trace Metals in the Air Make Big Splash on Life Under the Sea

Aug. 22, 2018 — A new study shows that trace metals, deposited by aerosols like dust and other particles in the atmosphere, have a hefty impact on marine life, affecting biological productivity and changing the ... read more

Coal Miners at Growing Risk of Developing Debilitating, Deadly Lung Fibrosis

Aug. 17, 2018 — The number of cases of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) among U.S. coal miners has risen during the past two decades, even as the number of coal miners has declined, according to new ... read more

Rediscovering the Sources of Egyptian Metals

Aug. 7, 2018 — Two new studies offer the first comprehensive analytical datasets of Protodynastic to Old Kingdom Egyptian copper-based artifacts (c. 3rd millennium BC), analyzing the provenance of Egyptian copper. ... read more

Aug. 2, 2018 — Using 100-year-old minerals processing methods, chemical engineering students have found a solution to a looming 21st-century problem: how to economically recycle lithium ion ... read more

July 31, 2018 — A study warns that failure to lower the energy use by Bitcoin and similar Blockchain designs may prevent nations from reaching their climate change mitigation obligations under the Paris ... read more

July 26, 2018 — A new mapping tool shows, in more detail than ever before, the land laid bare by mountaintop coal mining in central Appalachia each year, going back more than three decades. The tool uses satellite ... read more

July 19, 2018 — A new study has proposed an ecological threshold concentration of 9 metals for 10 taxa of aquatic macroinvertebrates from clean sites in the Nalón river basin (Asturias). This is the first step ... read more

Traditional Tibetan Medicine Exposes People and Environment to High Mercury Levels

July 18, 2018 — Many people view the Tibetan Plateau, or 'Roof of the World,' as a pristine alpine environment, largely untouched by pollution. But researchers have now shown that traditional Tibetan ... read more

July 16, 2018 — The ink has not yet dried on a scientific paper describing a new species of snake, yet the reptile may already be in danger of extinction due to mining. A team of biologists discovered a new species ... read more

July 10, 2018 — An international team of researchers has developed a comprehensive set of criteria to help the International Seabed Authority (ISA) protect local biodiversity from deep-sea mining activities. These ... read more

Do Bats Adapt to Gates at Abandoned Mines?

June 20, 2018 — Abandoned mines can serve as roost sites for bats, but because the mines pose serious risks to humans, officials often install gates at their ... read more

Drones Could Be Used to Detect Dangerous 'Butterfly' Landmines in Post-Conflict Regions

June 19, 2018 — Drones could be used to detect dangerous "butterfly" landmines in remote regions of post-conflict ... read more

Old Man River's Unique Chemical Signature

June 13, 2018 — Human activity greatly impacts the natural chemistry of the largest river in North America -- the Mississippi River. In a new, large-scale study, geologists have identified a unique chemical ... read more

May 14, 2018 — Scientists, historians and economists have used ice samples from the North Greenland Ice Core Project to measure, date and analyze European lead emissions that were captured in Greenland ice between ... read more

As Tellurium Demands Rise, So Do Contamination Concerns

Apr. 25, 2018 — As technology advances, demands for tellurium, a rare element, are on the rise. Some forms of tellurium are toxic, so as the element finds applications in solar panels, rubber production, electronics ... read more

Soil Metals Linked With Cancer Mortality

Apr. 20, 2018 — Epidemiologists and geologists have found associations between esophageal cancer and soils where lead is abundant, lung cancer and terrains with increased copper content, brain tumor with areas rich ... read more

Coal Mining Reduces Abundance, Richness of Aquatic Life

Apr. 18, 2018 — Coal mining, under current US regulations, has significantly reduced the abundance and variety of fish, invertebrates, salamanders, and other aquatic life in streams, according to a new ... read more

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