All Items Tagged


Feb 18, 2016 03:46 PM ET // Patrick J. Kiger
Earth is home to 2,550 exotic minerals, some so scarce the world supply would fit inside a sugar cube. → Continue reading →
Jan 28, 2016 07:00 AM ET // Patrick J. Kiger
Here are some obscure substances that we couldn't do without.
Dec 14, 2015 01:00 PM ET // Patrick J. Kiger
They might not combine with other elements, but noble gases are always on the move. Continue reading →
Aug 31, 2015 11:50 AM ET // Patrick J. Kiger
There are a lot more minerals than we know about, thanks to Earth's biological diversity Continue reading →
Mar 19, 2015 12:15 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell, Livescience
The second known natural quasicrystal was found inside a meteorite that crashed to Earth in Russia.
Dec 15, 2014 12:00 PM ET // Jennifer Viegas
Sparks are said to fly when people are in love, and now science proves this literally happens when an egg and sperm hit it off.
Nov 14, 2014 02:12 PM ET // Patrick J. Kiger
Geoengineering advocates say it's time to look at the carbon-absorbing ability of the mineral olivine. But critics say it might do more harm than good. Continue reading →
Nov 5, 2014 06:12 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The mineral, hematite, is formed when another mineral, magnetite, is exposed to Mars’ atmosphere and water. Continue reading →
+ Load More