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Rare-Earth Mineral Deposit That Could Meet Global Demands For Centuries Found In Japan

Japan could soon dominate the global supply of rare-earth minerals.

Researchers in Japan have discovered deposits of rare-earth minerals capable of supplying the world on a “semi-infinite basis.” The new study, published in Nature, stated that the deposit is abundant in valuable metals.

The study authors wrote that there are 16 million tons of these metals. There’s enough amount of yttrium to sustain the global demand for almost 800 years. There are also enough amounts of dysprosium, europium and terbium to meet the demand for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The recent finding means great news to the global economy.

The rare-earth deposit was found off the coast of Japan, specifically Minamitori Island about 1,150 miles southeast of Tokyo. The island has sole rights to the cache since it is located in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Rare-earth minerals make smartphones and electric vehicles expensive.

The Earth’s crust may be abundant in rare-earth minerals but they are typically widespread. That is the reason finding these elements clumped together for extraction is rare, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Currently, there are only a few areas where these elements can be mined and extracted and the process of doing so is, as expected, expensive. For decades, the world’s supply of rare-earth metals has been controlled mostly by China, forcing Japan to go with the prices set by China.

Japan began with their quest to search for deposits after China stopped their shipments.

Volcanic activity contributes to the formation of rare-earth minerals.

Many of the ones existing on the planet were initially formed by supernova explosions.

Japan may now be richer in resources after this discovery but the country still can’t use the deposit to dominate the global market. The reason — the process of extraction, which can be really expensive.

Yutaro Takaya, lead author of the study, said that more research is needed to learn more about the cheapest extraction method that can be used.

What’s certain now is that Japan has the opportunity to take the lead in the global supply of these metals, forcing big countries that manufacture electronic devices to purchase the resources on Japan’s terms.

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10 Scientific Theories that Could Hint at the Possible Existence of God

Can science prove the existence of God? Well check out these scientific explanations!

Science and religion don’t always go together. Nonetheless, a number of intrepid scientists have made it their mission to prove the existence of God (with a capital G) with science. Some of these theories have their own holes and critics, but believers may find it attractive to learn that science may be starting to align with their beliefs.

Physicist Kurt Godel created a mathematical equation based on Saint Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God. The argument is based on the premise that God is the greatest being in the universe. If God does not exist, he (or she, or it, whatever floats your boat) does not exist. And a greater being—one that exists—is possible to imagine. But since it’s not possible to imagine a being greater than the greatest being in the universe, then God must necessarily exist.

#1. Kurt Godel's modal logic

Source: Kurt Godel

Following the same logic, Godel says since it’s not possible for God to not exist in any of the infinite number of universes, then God might exist. In 2013, logicians Christopher Benzmüller and Bruno W. Paleo ran Godel’s equations on a computer and found them to be correct. ...

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You Are At Risk of Alzheimer’s If You’re Often Sleepless, Science Says

Here’s one more reason why you should avoid staying up late all the time.

Are you having too many late nights out? Not having enough sleep? You probably ease away worries of sleep deprivation by making up for it the next day or so. Yet a new study suggests that even one sleepless night can already cause damages that may eventually lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

We all want to grow old gracefully - to stay healthy and youthful until old age. Yet the ideal retirement vision of tranquil days and a carefree lifestyle can easily be marred by factors that affect old people such as poor physical and mental health. Alzheimer’s and dementia are among the most common diseases that afflict people in the age range of 60 and above.

Fortunately, scientists of today are searching for ways on how to prevent Alzheimer’s and other memory loss ailments. Dr Ehsan Shokri-Kojori of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland conducted a study involving 20 people who did not sleep for one night.

The research study showed that one sleepless night increases the production of beta-amyloid protein in the brain by 5%.

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Here’s Why You May Not See Aliens—Even When They’re Right in Front of You

Researchers found out what could be keeping us from getting in touch with ET.

The search for extraterrestrial life continues, sadly, to no avail. But what if aliens are already standing in front of you, waving their little green arms in your face, but you just can’t see them yet?

This is what researchers at the University of Cádiz in Spain propose. In a new study published in Acta Astronautica, neuropsychologists reveal that our human biases may be what’s keeping us from actually getting into contact with extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI).

Our human beliefs may be preventing us from seeing the beings that may already be with us.

“We think [of] ETI as another form of humans, but more advanced,” says study leader Gabriel G. de la Torre. “We try to understand the world as [if] it was done to fit our beliefs, framework, and senses. [In] reality, [it] could be much more different.” ...

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