Big Data predicts 1,500 mineral species are waiting to be found. Ten have already been discovered

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.

Silica rains helped form Earth’s crust four and a half billion years ago

Talk about hailstone, right?

We may face a huge shortage of essential raw materials stiffling green energy if governments don’t step up their game

Mining is dirty work. But more to the point, it’s very slow to set-up.

There’s a museum in Japan that honors rocks which resemble human faces

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.

Martian minerals might bear signatures of ancient life

Findings alien life on barren planet like Mars seems unlikely, but the discovery of the century might that of past life.

Fungi eat yummy minerals from rocks using acid and mechanical force

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.

Catalog of rarest Earth minerals might shed light on how the planet formed, but also origin of life

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.

Atomic structure of bone deciphered for the first time

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