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New Super-Earth May Be Just Right to Support Life

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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An international team of astronomers says it has found a new planet – a relatively near 42 light years away – that could have liquid water and an Earth-like climate. The dwarf star known as HD 40307 was already known to have three planets orbiting it. Using a new and more sensitive technique for analyzing […]

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Earth Day Prompts ‘Green’ Acts

Posted April 22nd, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sunday is Earth Day, observed every year since 1970. Earth Day organizers have called on people worldwide to pledge “one billion acts of green.” Those pledges range from residents turning off lights in their homes, to using mass transit for travel to work, to eating locally grown food. Earth Day was first celebrated in the […]

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China Sets Quotas on Export of Rare Earth Metals

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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China has announced next year’s export quotas for its rare earth metals, elements widely used to manufacture electronic devices. The Commerce Ministry said Tuesday exporters will be allowed to sell 10,546 tons of rare earth metals in the first half of 2012. That amount will be split among 11 companies. The ministry said Chinese exports […]

Malaysia Demands New Safeguards on Rare Earths Refinery

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia says it will demand new safety measures from an Australian company at work on the first rare earth processing plant to be built outside China in decades. If approved, the plant could meet up to 30 percent of the world’s demand for the minerals, used in high-tech products ranging from smart phones to cruise […]


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