Big data is opening the flood gates for a new age of discovery in geology. As for the industry, billions could be made thanks to these insights.
Talk about hailstone, right?
Mining is dirty work. But more to the point, it’s very slow to set-up.
Inside the ‘hall of curious rocks’ you’ll find hundreds of rocks that look a lot like people’s faces. Among them, you’ll find ET or Elvis.
Findings alien life on barren planet like Mars seems unlikely, but the discovery of the century might that of past life.
Fungi were thought to have a minimal impact on minerals’ bioweathering. A recent study suggests that fungi are a lot more aggressive than meets the eye. These use acid to access precious nutrients like iron and burrow deep into rocks using mechanical force to further their reach.
There are over 5,000 mineral species identified by scientists thus far, but fewer than 100 make up the entire planet’s crust. The rest are so rare, short lived and notoriously difficult to replicate that you’d barely know they’re here. Not understating the importance of such minerals — which could offer clues on how the planet formed, but also lead to new industrial applications — researchers from the United States cataloged the 2,500 rarest minerals on the planet.
Bone is a really awesome material, being hard and flexible at the same time. For something so ubiquitous and studied for so long, it might come as a surprise to some of you to hear that the molecular bone structure of bone has alluded scientists for such a long while. This is because, even though the constituent elements that make up bone have