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    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/04/27/mining-asteroids

    In the old days, we sang about fear and fortune way down in the mines. This week, the mining talk was way up in space. Mining asteroids. A bunch of rich guys with big track records and big dreams have formed a new company – Planetary Resources – to chase down asteroids and suck out their riches. Platinum. Iridium. Water in space.

    If it sounds like the movie Avatar, well, director James Cameron is in the venture. So are Google guys. And Microsoft money. Is this for real?

    This hour, On Point: Planetary Resources founder Eric Anderson and more. We’re thinking about mining asteroids.

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  2. Restart Radio: What does Bitcoin mining mean for the environment? - The Restart Project

    The soaring value of Bitcoin has been all over the media recently. But what is Bitcoin, and what is the environmental cost of ‘mining’ it?

    https://therestartproject.org/podcast/bitcoin-mining/

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  3. Hip-Hop’s Aboriginal Connection

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  4. Tech Entrepreneurs Bet Big On Asteroid Mining

    The idea of exploiting the natural resources on asteroids has been around for more than a century. But a new company called Planetary Resources has the financial backing of some big names in high tech, and hopes to launch specially-designed prospecting spacecraft within two years.

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  5. Tech Entrepreneurs Bet Big On Asteroid Mining

    The idea of exploiting the natural resources on asteroids has been around for more than a century. But a new company called Planetary Resources has the financial backing of some big names in high tech, and hopes to launch specially-designed prospecting spacecraft within two years.

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  6. Australia’s mining boom - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In the lead-up to this year’s budget, we’ve heard a lot about Australia’s tax system and possible changes to the taxes on goods and services, capital gains, superannuation and so on.

    One thing we won’t be hearing about is any change to the way the federal government gets a return from the mining industry, which is gradually sliding out of the biggest boom since Australia’s nineteenth century gold rush.

    Rear Vision looks at the recent resources boom. How did it unfold and who were the winners and losers?

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/australia’s-mining-boom/7292896

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  7. How Asteroid Mining Could Open Up the Solar System | Raw Science

    Below is a modified transcript of their discussion. Edits and changes have been made by the participants to clarify spoken comments recorded. Gregory…

    http://www.rawscience.tv/how-asteroid-mining-could-open-up-the-solar-system/

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  8. KQED: Population

    There’s a consensus that Earth doesn’t have enough resources to support the world’s growing population — but there’s disagreement about the root of the problem. Some think the problem lies with the growing third world, others that it is the consumption habits of the developed nations that cause the problem.

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  9. Discovery

    Aboriginal Astronomy — Aboriginal Astronomy – does the unearthing of an "Aboriginal “Stonehenge” change the history of astronomy?

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    The science and main causes of mining disasters, and a closer look at specific mining accidents, including the 1913 Senghenhydd Pit Disaster, the 1966 Aberfan Disaster, the 1972 Honkeiko Colliery, the 1975 Chasnala Mine Disaster and the Springhill Mining Disasters. Also mining disasters in the news and pop culture.

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