Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

Feb 11, 2016

Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

A research team led by Japanese high school and university students has discovered that mulberry leaves contain biogenic minerals known as opal phytoliths, rigid microscopic structures that persist after death and can have forensic value. They are found in a range of plants. Archaeologists, ...

Obama signing of U.S. Space Act seen sparking cosmic gold rush

Dec 9, 2015

Obama signing of U.S. Space Act seen sparking cosmic gold rush

Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping “space water” might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new U.S. law that legalizes cosmic mining. In a first, President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial ...

Mar 26, 2015

Toho Zinc to restore Australian mine output amid global deficit

Toho Zinc Co., Japan’s third-biggest producer of the metal, will restore full capacity at its Rasp mine in Australia around the middle of this year after improving access to high-grade ore deposits. Production of zinc concentrate at the site in New South Wales will ...

Jan 21, 2015

China planning naval base in Namibia: newspaper

Namibia and China are discussing plans for a Chinese naval base in the southwest African country, the Namibian newspaper reported Tuesday, prompting an immediate denial from Beijing. The Namibian quoted a confidential letter from Namibia’s Beijing ambassador to his foreign ministry stating that a ...

Dec 5, 2014

New batch of mineral deposits discovered off Okinawa

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. (Jogmec) said Thursday that it has discovered a second batch of large mineral deposits on the seabed northwest of the main island of Okinawa. More than 20 cone-shaped hydrothermal mineral deposits, including copper, zinc, gold and silver, ...

May 15, 2014

'Third water' makes aquaculture possible in Cambodian mountains

A Japanese technique for creating artificial river and seawater is expected to enable Cambodian farmers to open three prawn farms this summer — in the mountains. The artificial water is a blend of fresh water and a carefully measured mix of minerals, including salts ...