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The Latest Mining Boom? Plants That Eat Metal and Scrub the Soil Clean

Plants that eat metal sound like a biological impossibility. But these hungry little guys exist, sucking tiny bits of toxic metal from the soil. They don't just clean the Earth, either—they can actually mine bits of gold and nickel for use by humans. Read More >>

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Whoa, Graphene Can Make Other Metals 500 Times Stronger

We've heard about plenty of promising electronic applications for miracle material graphene from headphones, to super-fast transistors, to crazy camera sensors, and even solar-powered paint. But now scientists have found a way to leverage its raw strength, by using it to make metal up to 500 times stronger. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Drop a Hot Ball of Nickel Into a Giant Gummy Bear

After hearing the beautifully sounding reaction between a hot ball of nickel and water, it's obvious to want to see how dropping that burning ball of seemingly eternal fire into more things. But most things just burn boringly. But what about the world's largest gummy bear? It's like seeing T-1000 destroyed. Read More >>

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Giz Explains: Everything You Need to Know about Batteries

Nobody thinks about batteries—until they've run out of juice, of course. But this humble and surprisingly ancient technology has done far more for human civilization than most people realize. Read More >>

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