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Predicting mineral deposits using AI

June 28, 2019

A team from the University of Adelaide’s Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) has come second in the…
New mineral classification system captures Earth’s complex past

June 5, 2019

The first minerals to form in the universe were nanocrystalline diamonds, which condensed from gases ejected when the…
Stressing and straining: Geochemists answer fundamental question of mineral reactions

March 8, 2019

Geochemists answer fundamental question of mineral reactions. For geoscientists, looking at how minerals react in different conditions can…
Earth’s continental nurseries discovered beneath mountains

February 4, 2019

In his free time last summer, Rice University geoscientist Ming Tang made a habit of comparing the niobium…
Simulating meteorite impacts in the lab

January 31, 2019

Scientists monitor the response of feldspar minerals to rapid compression. A US-German research team has simulated meteorite impacts…
Scientists identify new minerals for carbon capture and storage

December 14, 2018

A new group of minerals were found to capture and store carbon, according to new University of Alberta…
New forms of silica revealed by high-pressure experiments

November 15, 2018

By compressing the rare mineral coesite an international team of scientists has discovered unexpected forms of silica with…
A new-to-us mineral

October 31, 2018

A new mineral has been isolated from a sample of igneous rock in central Madagascar. Reto Gieré, a…
What makes diamonds blue? Boron from oceanic crustal remnants in Earth’s lower mantle

August 2, 2018

Blue diamonds—like the world-famous Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History—formed up to four times deeper…
Best ever at splitting light, new material could improve LEDs, solar cells, optical sensors

June 22, 2018

Place a chunk of the clear mineral Iceland spar on top of an image and suddenly you’ll see…
New data-mining technique offers most-vivid picture of Martian mineralogy

June 11, 2018

A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Shaunna Morrison and including Bob Hazen have revealed the mineralogy of…
Garnet reveals source of water to fuel powerful volcanoes and earthquakes

April 3, 2018

Among geologists who study powerful earthquakes and volcanoes, there is a mystery: as one of Earth’s tectonic plates…
Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time

March 14, 2018

A rare mineral with potential industrial and medical applications has been discovered on alpine plants at Cambridge University…
Earth’s crust determined the course of the evolution of life? Scientists confirm

February 21, 2018

Life on Earth developed the way it did because of how environment impacted the course of evolution. A…
Women run faster after taking newly developed supplement, study finds

January 22, 2018

A new study found that women who took a specially prepared blend of minerals and nutrients for a…
Clay mineral waters Earth’s mantle from inside

December 4, 2017

The first observation of a super-hydrated phase of the clay mineral kaolinite could improve the understanding of processes…
Researchers Discover Minerals in Volcanic Rock that May Offer New Insights into the First 1.5 Billion Years of Earth’s Evolution

November 14, 2017

The first 1.5 billion years of Earth’s evolution is subject to considerable uncertainty due to the lack of…
Conductivity key to mapping water inside Earth

July 25, 2017

Hydrogen at elevated temperature creates high electrical conductivity in the Earth’s mantle. New work by Lawrence Livermore National…
“Nesting doll” minerals offer clues to Earth’s mantle dynamics

April 11, 2017

Recovered minerals that originated in the deep mantle can give scientists a rare glimpse into the dynamic processes…
Earth Made by Man: Q&A With a Mineralogist

March 28, 2017

No other species in Earth’s recent history has left a mark on the planet as profound and lasting…
Microwaving rocks may change the entire industry of mineral processing

February 11, 2017

Mining is a big industry and is extremely important as well. Many other sectors depend on it heavily…
Mineral increases solar cell efficiency

November 16, 2016

A mineral found in nature may be the key to more efficient solar panels. New research by Lawrence…
Georgeite can improve the production of methanol

August 9, 2016

Researchers at DTU have helped an international team of researchers prove how the mineral georgeite can improve the…
NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars

June 23, 2016

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that…
Made better through science: Calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough

May 4, 2016

No self-respecting construction engineer would ever choose pure calcite – a weak, brittle mineral found in chalk –…
Dawn of mineral resources generation

April 6, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated the rapid growth over just two years of mineral deposits…
Study: Antibiotics hide within soil mineral layers

February 22, 2016

A Cornell study revealed the molecular mechanism of how antibiotics from human and farm animal waste become trapped…
USGS Reports Large Shifts in Global Primary Tantalum Mining from 2000 to 2014

December 11, 2015

The United States is completely reliant on imports of tantalum, which is a commonly used element in electronics,…
Mother-of-pearl’s genesis identified in mineral’s transformation

October 21, 2015

How nature makes its biominerals — things like teeth, bone and seashells — is a playbook scientists have…
Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen

October 7, 2015

A new study shows that iron-bearing rocks that formed at the ocean floor 3.2 billion years ago carry…
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