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Husband ordered out of house by wife finds huge gold nugget

An Australian man who was ordered to "get out of the house" by his wife after becoming grumpy and stroppy has found a large nugget of gold hidden a few centimetres into the earth.

Chocolate candies found to have unsafe levels of metal

San Fransisco - Independent testing has found 62 percent of chocolate products contain levels of lead or cadmium at a level that violates California’s proposition 65 law.

Legendary metal of Atlantis found in Sicilian shipwreck

The legendary metal of Atlantis, orichalcum, has been found in a 2,600-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Sicily. Discovered near the shore in shallow water, it appears that the boat sank in a storm before it could dock at the ancient port of Gela.

Review: Black Veil Brides release fourth studio album

L.A. metal rockers, Black Veil Brides released their much anticipated fourth studio album today. Self-titled, 'Black Veil Brides' wears the Lava/Repbublic label and is produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue).

Black Veil Brides release new single

With their fourth studio album dropping on October 28, Black Veil Brides released its first single this week, "Hearts Of Fire". The music video premiered on Vevo, October 6.

Protecting plants from toxins

Lisbon - Zinc is essential for plant growth and development, but if too much of the metal are present in the soil, it can become toxic to the plant. Researchers have discovered a novel genetic mechanism that protects plants from toxic zinc levels.

Alcoa reports loss as it shutters capacity

New York - Aluminum giant Alcoa Tuesday reported a quarterly loss due to heavy restructuring expenses after it shut smelters and rolling mills in response to low aluminum prices.

Copper hits near 4-year bottom over China slowdown fears

London - Copper prices hit Tuesday their lowest in nearly four years on the London Metals Exchange over fears of a slowdown in growth in China, the world's top consumer of industrial metals.The price of a tonne of copper hit $6,469.75 at 1700 GMT, its lowest le...

Activists criticise EU 'blood metals' initiative

Brussels - Human rights activists on Wednesday said European efforts to stop the trade in so-called "blood metals" were a "step backwards" that would not prevent profits from minerals being used to fund conflicts.

Apple watches for conflict metal in supply chain

San Francisco - Apple on Thursday said it has verified that an essential metal used in its mobile devices is not coming from sources that help finance violent groups in Africa.The California-based maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers said it confirm...

Mining giant Glencore Xstrata says copper output rises 26%

Z - Mining giant Glencore Xstrata said on Tuesday that its copper production rose by 26 percent in 2013 from output the previous year, reaching 1.5 million tonnes.Copper is a key measure of the health of the commodities sector, and the Swiss-based group sa...

Glencore Xstrata 'to pull out' of Philippine mining project

Manila - Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata is expected to pull out of a $5.9 billion gold-copper mining project in the Philippines, its Australian partner Indophil said.

Montenegro launches tender for bankrupt aluminium plant

Podgorica - Montenegro on Saturday launched a tender to sell the partially state-owned KAP aluminium plant, its biggest industrial employer, which has been declared bankrupt, an official said.

Indonesia mineral row heightens business uncertainty

Jakarta - A drawn-out row between the Indonesian government and the mining industry over a mineral export ban has added to growing uncertainty in Southeast Asia's top economy ahead of elections, observers warn.

Indonesia eases mineral export ban after opposition

Bogor - Indonesia's president signed off on a controversial mineral ore export ban Saturday after an 11th-hour easing of the policy following opposition from miners and warnings it would hit state coffers, cabinet ministers said.

High tungsten levels double stroke risk

High levels of tungsten in the body could double the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study suggests. The concern is with tungsten released into the environment.

Bacteria can reveal ‘rare earth’ metals

Certain bacteria require rare earth metals to grow. Detecting these bacteria can offer clues as to where rare earth metals are located.

Op-Ed: Nature versus stone — Break on through to the other side

While I'm aware that today's world can no longer function without the infrastructure made of concrete, stone, metal - there's always a tiny leap of joy that makes me reach for the camera when I see nature breaking through stone -- against all odds.

Jeff Hanneman, guitarist for Slayer, dies at 49

The guitarist, as well as one of the founding members of Slayer, Jeff Hanneman died Thursday morning at the age of 49, due to liver failure.

Heavy metal at the Brooklyn Museum Special

New York - Ghanaian artist El Anatsui is enjoying his first solo exhibition at a New York Museum. His artwork is constructed from found materials, and offers a thoughtful commentary on his homeland as well as the cultural implications of reclaimed materials.

Researchers find gold-digging bacteria

Scientists have been examining a species of bacteria that has an affinity for gold. It is possible that the bacterium could be used to detect hidden gold.

Annie's organic pizzas recalled due to possible metal fragments

A voluntary recall has been issued by Annie's Inc. for some of its organic pizza products. The reason for the recall is due to the potential presence of metal fragments that came from a third-party flour mill.

Review: Earth & Vine is truly divine Special

Baker City - Most people know of a special little place where they can escape for a few hours to enjoy great food, local vintage wine, and admire beautiful works of art. In Baker City, Oregon, that place is called Earth & Vine.

The Cult's Ian Astbury chooses his weapons Special

Ian Astbury has fronted The Cult, one of rock and roll’s biggest bands, for close to three decades. But he’s not your typical headbanger. The Cult’s latest album offers a myriad of cultural references while unapologetically rocking out.

Video: Weird metal melts in hand, beats like living heart

Gallium, a unique metal with odd physical properties and behavior, is almost like a product of an alien technology. There is even an experiment called the "gallium beating heart" experiment in which the metal acts like an alien being.

Large metal gorilla appears in UK community

Witchford - Dog walkers in one UK community were surprised when they spotted a 12-foot mechanical gorilla peeking through the growth in a misty hedgerow.

Op-Ed: Grave robbers — The lowest of the low?

London - The economic downturn has led to an increase in the theft of even not-so-precious metals, from copper wire on the railways to the bronze plaques from graves.

Jamaica imposes ban on scrap metal trade

Jamaica has shut down its recyclable scrap metal trade in the wake of persistent plundering of power lines, cabling and other precious metals used to keep the Caribbean island's infrastructure afloat.

New fishing hook technology helps reduce accidental shark catches

Oak Ridge - Researchers have developed a new type of fishing hook combining shark repellent technologies designed for helping reduce the number of sharks caught in commercial fishing operations, thereby increasing target catches.

Dog trying to grab a snack swallows metal skewer

Roseville - An Australian family thought their dog had only swallowed a bite of meat when he took something from the edge of their barbecue, but they later found out the spaniel had also swallowed a 15 centimetre metal skewer.
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Detail from  Peak   2010. Tin and copper wire. Three sections  113 of 140 sheets (each sheet measure...
Detail from "Peak", 2010. Tin and copper wire. Three sections, 113 of 140 sheets (each sheet measures 62 x 112 in.) Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
Gallium metal melts in your hand
Gallium metal melts in your hand
A new quest for a Holy Grail?
A new quest for a Holy Grail?
Twisted metal from Cincinnati tornado blown 30 miles where it landed in Bentonville  Ark.
Twisted metal from Cincinnati tornado blown 30 miles where it landed in Bentonville, Ark.
Courtesy of Brenda Crabtree Wyatt
The band Avenged Sevenfold
The band Avenged Sevenfold
 Motley Crowd   1998/2010. Wooden relief with metal 24 3/8 x 24 3⁄4 x 2 3/8 in. Twelve pieces. Cou...
"Motley Crowd", 1998/2010. Wooden relief with metal 24 3/8 x 24 3⁄4 x 2 3/8 in. Twelve pieces. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
 Peak   2010. Tin and copper wire. Three sections  113 of 140 sheets (each sheet measures 62 x 112 i...
"Peak", 2010. Tin and copper wire. Three sections, 113 of 140 sheets (each sheet measures 62 x 112 in.) Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
Detail from  Amemo (Mask of Humankind)   2010. Aluminum and copper wire  208 5/8 x 161 3/8 in. (vari...
Detail from "Amemo (Mask of Humankind)", 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, 208 5/8 x 161 3/8 in. (variable) Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
Copper metal  used as an antimicrobial substance
Copper metal, used as an antimicrobial substance
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 Debris de Nuit   by Anne Elizabeth Calabrese  was created with oil pastels on scrap metal.
"Debris de Nuit", by Anne Elizabeth Calabrese, was created with oil pastels on scrap metal.
El Anatsui   Gravity and Grace   2010. Aluminum and copper wire  145 5/8 x 441 in. (369.9 x 1120.1 c...
El Anatsui, "Gravity and Grace", 2010. Aluminum and copper wire, 145 5/8 x 441 in. (369.9 x 1120.1 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Andrew McAllister, courtesy of the Akron Art Museum.
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