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National Academies advisory: Critical minerals and national defense stockpile
The United States uses more than 7.5 trillion pounds of nonfuel minerals each year to produce everyday items such as mobile phones and cars. View News Article (2007-10-03)

Scientists find safer ways to detect uranium minerals
The threat of 'dirty' bombs and plans to use nuclear power as an energy source have driven Queensland University of Technology scientists to discover a new, safer way of detecting radioative contamination in the ground. View News Article (2006-11-22)

Variety of foods -- the key for child nutrition
New research shows that most children have a diet that contains enough essential vitamins and minerals. View News Article (2008-09-25)

Astronomers hunt Martian water from Earth
As Mars makes its closest approach in almost 60,000 years, two Australian astronomers have used the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii to look for signs that the planet once had liquid water - and so may have hosted life. Dr. Jeremy Bailey of the Anglo-Australian Observatory and the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) at Macquarie University in Sydney, and Sarah Chamberlain,... View News Article (2003-08-26)

Health benefits of wheat can be improved by plant breeding
Wheat products, and in particular, wholegrain products, are important sources of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and other components which are beneficial for human health.  View News Article (2010-05-05)

Mercury mineral evolution
Mineral evolution posits that Earth's near-surface mineral diversity gradually increased through an array of chemical and biological processes. View News Article (2012-06-26)

Extracting Metal from the Sea ââ"ö" the Environmentally Friendly Way
A novel method that uses bacteria to mine valuable minerals from the ocean has been developed. Nodules collected from the Indian Ocean seabed can be treated to extract scarce land-based minerals in an environmentally sound way, says research published in the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. Using the marine species Bacillus M1, Cobalt, Copper and Nickel can be extracted from the... View News Article (2004-04-02)

Ancient minerals: Which gave rise to life?
Life originated as a result of natural processes that exploited early Earth's raw materials. Scientific models of life's origins almost always look to minerals for such essential tasks as the synthesis of life's molecular building blocks or the supply of metabolic energy. View News Article (2013-11-26)

Oil production and the diet of worms
Oil geologists now have a new villain to worry about - the digestive processes of the marine worm. Clay minerals are the bane of an oil geologist's life. They sit in pore spaces and block the necks of communication between them, so reducing both porosity and permeability - the two essential characteristics of an oil reservoir, which holds the precious black fluid, like a sponge. Now, researchers... View News Article (2003-05-01)

Is dephytinization from infant cereals beneficial to the nutrition absorption?
Cereals are considered a rich plant source of carbohydrate, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and are therefore are usually introduced to an infant's diet between the ages of four and six months. View News Article (2009-05-08)

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