money
How Exactly Do You Get Rich off the Hot New Cryptocurrency?

With the meteoric rise in popularity of Ethereum, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are back in the news again. Graphics card prices have soared with the promise that those who have the computers and know-how to do some serious mining can take home huge sums in a Bitcoin-like gold rush to snatch up as much virtual currency as possible. But how easy is it to make your fortune in cryptocurrency? And is it worth your while getting started? Read More >>

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Mountain Biking Down an Abandoned Mine Shaft Is a Dimly Lit Descent Into Hell

There are lots of places to go off-road mountain biking if you’re looking for a cheap thrill (or the chance to break your neck). But one of the most dangerous has to be riding into an abandoned mine shaft. If your flashlight dies as you’re pedalling deep into the earth, you’re probably screwed. Read More >>

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batteries
Lithium Mining Could be the Next Big Thing in Cornwall

Businesses seeing profit in the vast quantities of lithium the world is using for two years then dumping in a landfill think Cornwall could be the place to be soon, as the county's currently un-dug lithium reserves might now be economically viable to recover. Get those old tin mines reopened. Read More >>

environment
Russia’s Blood Red River is Even Worse Than We Knew

Last week, strange images of a river that had turned blood red emerged out of Russia. Now satellite images show that the red waters run much further through the area — and it’s been happening for decades. Read More >>

environment
The Future of the Great Barrier Reef Just Got Worse

As if the Great Barrier Reef needed more terrible news, the Queensland government issued permits this week for a controversial new coal mine that marine biologists fear could choke out portions of the reef with pollution. Read More >>

animals
Congo’s Civil War Has Practically Wiped Out the World’s Largest Gorilla

The largest great apes on Earth have suffered a “catastrophic” population collapse over the past twenty years, according to a report published by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Grauer’s gorilla, a subspecies found only in the lawless eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is a victim of the same brutal civil war that claimed up to six million human lives from 1996 to 2003. Read More >>

environment
£150m of Mining Gear Abandoned as the UK’s Last Deep Coal Mine Closes

Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire is closing today, bringing about the end of the UK's deep-pit mining industry. And seeing as no one's bothered about the local black stuff any more, the mining equipment -- all £150m worth of it -- is being sealed into the pits. Read More >>

space
Asteroid Mining Becomes Legal Under Obama’s New Law

No one has managed to pluck valuable minerals from an asteroid quite yet, but when they do, the legal framework will be firmly in place: President Obama yesterday signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law. Read More >>

environment
An Obscure African Plant Grows Only Over Rock That Could Hide Diamonds

Diamonds you’re familiar with. Pandanus candelabrum, not so much. And until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare, palm-like plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may harbour diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity. Read More >>

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The Nine Deadliest Minerals We’ve Ever Mined

Precious minerals make the modern world go 'round: they're used in everything from circuit boards to tableware. They're also some of the most toxic materials known to science, and excavating them has proved so dangerous over the years, some have been phased out of industrial production altogether. Read More >>

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What all the Metal From a Single Mine Would Look Like as a Giant Orb

Of all the ways humans have altered the Earth, mining must be one of the most awe-inspiring — just for the sheer ratio of Earth excavated to metals and gems recovered. Still, it's hard to visualise just how much a single mine has netted in numbers, which is why For What It's Worth is so interesting. Read More >>