Donald Trump loves a good deal. And sitting in Afghanistan, much of it in Taliban-controlled regions, there’s a doozy: deposits of rare-earth minerals once estimated to be worth $1 trillion. So the president is considering keeping troops in the country so that they can blaze the way to the country’s untapped natural…
In March 1968, a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying nuclear ballistic missiles exploded and sank 1,500 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. Five months later, the US government discovered the wreckage—and decided to steal it. So began Project AZORIAN, one of the most absurdly ambitious operations the CIA has ever…
As the California drought worsens, the State Water Resources Control Board has released hard numbers on which regions drain the state's water supplies most. It turns out that the biggest water users tend to be wealthy suburbanites ... with one exception.
Not so long ago, the U.S. went into full panic mode. China had reached the point where it controlled 97% of the world's rare earth elements—minerals that play a crucial role in manufacturing high-tech products. Were they right to fear that Beijing has a stranglehold over the global economy?
We hear a lot about how drinking water is drying up around the world. But the fact is that we have a "theoretically limitless" supply of drinking water, according to hydraulics engineers. The real problem is economic.
Oil extraction is still big business in the Southland, but today locating signs of the industry can require a careful eye. Wells hide in plain sight as office buildings or masquerade offshore as tropical islands. In the back of the Beverly Center shopping mall, one quietly sips from the earth behind a nondescript wall.
In the nineteenth century, a geologist named John Wesley Powell suggested that the United States should draw state lines based on watersheds. It would prevent conflicts over water, and make agricultural projects more successful. Now, a land use planner has created a map that matches Powell's vision.
James Cameron, Google founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Ross Perot, Jr. are just a few of the big names backing a brand new space exploration company called Planetary Resources, that next Tuesday will "unveil a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity's prosperity."
A mysterious planetary project backed by a high-profile group of individuals—director James Cameron, Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and politician Ross Perot's son, among others—will be revealed on April 24th, in a conference-call unveiling of space exploration company Planetary Resources.
Urban population growth is skyrocketing. The majority of people on Earth live in cities, and most of the water they drink has to be shipped in. Scientists say that by 2050, many cities will have seasonal water shortages.
Apparently, the world is running out of helium. Robert Richardson, a Nobel Prizewinner, believes that helium supplies will run out in 25 years. And since no other substance has a lower boiling point than helium, this could be a problem.