The natural gas boom is on in America. As seen in these satellite images, the growth of boomtowns across the American prairie has been explosive thanks to fracking.
Planetary Resources just wrapped up a press conference in Seattle, officially announcing both its existence and its ambitious plan to mine near-Earth asteroids. We were listening in live, and here's everything you need to know about how this asteroid mining plan is going to work and when it's going to happen.
Our dependence on foreign oil sucks, but it's nothing to our dependence on foreign rare earth metals, which are things like yttrium and gadolinium that enable us to fulfill our lust for complex technology. China produces some 97% of the world's supply and they've been stingy as of late, but a new seafloor discovery may change all that.
Advanced technology can demand some advanced materials, commonly referred to as rare earth elements. The problem is right in the name: they're rare. America may not be in a lurch just yet, but these elements won't last forever. Turns out there's another place to find them: the Moon.
Down in the Boulby Mine in England, 3,300 feet underground, scientists are looking for wimps (or weakly interacting massive particles). Not to beat up, but to help unravel the mysteries of the universe in the search for ever-elusive dark...