EU Unveils Plan to Secure Raw Materials, Cut Dependency

Worried by an increasing dependency on the raw materials used to make smart phones, televisions and energy-saving lights, the European Union on Thursday launched a new strategy to secure access to rare earth minerals and to reduce reliance on suppliers like Chile, China and South Africa.

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Dinosaur Fossils

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling in favor of ranch owners, finding they are the sole owners of dinosaur fossils discovered on their property. The Montana Supreme Court answered a certified question concluding that dinosaur fossils were not a “mineral” and belonged to the surface estate, and that decision requires a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. 

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Colorado Dig Offers Insight on the Rise of Mammals, Post-Extinction Event

Most professional and amateur paleontologists had written off the Corral Bluffs in Colorado Springs as a site where everything that could be found had been found. Then vertebrate paleontologist Tyler Lyson had an idea: Instead of looking for bones, he started looking for concretion – minerals known to form around bones.

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