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    • “A beguilingly simple, yet fatal problem…”
        “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. “The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in 2019, two years after the project launched with great fanfare after approval by the Trump administration. The pipeline was built at a cost of about $7 billion, bringing … Continue reading "“A beguilingly […]
    • Man-Mediated Minerals
      “Robert Hazen, a mineralogist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and his colleagues tallied up the number of minerals on Earth only to discover that a large number have been created, thanks to human activities. Although minerals, by definition, must form via natural processes, Hazen’s team discovered 208 minerals mediated by humans—they did form natura […]
    • “Where is this information?”
      “Millions of years ago, a few spiders abandoned the kind of round webs that the word “spiderweb” calls to mind and started to focus on a new strategy. Before, they would wait for prey to become ensnared in their webs and then walk out to retrieve it. Then they began building horizontal nets to use … Continue reading "“Where is this information?”" […]