A rush is on to mine the deep seabed, with effects on ocean life that aren't well understood

Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven't even been discovered yet.

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs and Political Science, University of Rhode Island • conversation
Aug. 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mining minerals oceans marine-biology metals international-law clean-energy-future law-of-the-sea international-seabed-authority

An effective climate change solution may lie in rocks beneath our feet

To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.

Benjamin Z. Houlton, Professor of Global Environmental Studies, Chancellor's Fellow and Director, John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change soil carbon-dioxide nutrients minerals carbon-cycle rocks negative-emissions paris-climate-accord negative-emissions-technologies

Don't rely on a quarantini to boost your immune system during coronavirus

OK, we're all getting a little stir-crazy from staying at home. But is a mixed drink with vitamins added really something we should consider?

Katherine Basbaum, Clinical Nutritionist, Cardiology, University of Virginia • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  alcohol  immune-system  twitter  minerals  vitamins  moderation

Buildings grown by bacteria -- new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering and Materials Science, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  biology  synthetic-biology  construction  infrastructure  carbon-dioxide-co2  polymers  minerals  built-environment  material-science  buildings  cyanobacteria

At Jezero crater, Mars mineral may preserve signs of ancient life

Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets water mars minerals science-and-technology

Ancient ash is likely behind odd mineral deposit on Mars

A strange mineral deposit in the Nili Fossae region of Mars has puzzled scientists, but there's a new explanation for how it got there.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
May 23, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: space planets mars volcanoes minerals science-and-technology

Soil minerals hang on to a whole lot of carbon

The answer to future greenhouse gas challenges may be right under our feet, an evaluation of soil minerals' role in carbon storage suggests.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Jan. 7, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change carbon soil emissions minerals earth-and-environment

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