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The largest nugget ever found was just under the surface in Australia. It was 25x63 cm (10x25 in) and weighed nearly 64 kg (140 lbs)!

Wine Jargon: What is Minerality?

"Lick it," he told me, "Lick the rock." I had heard of this kind of thing before, but still, I figured that Thibeault Liger-Belair, winemaker and inheritor of crazy-good chunks of prime Burgundy vineyard land, must have been at least halfway kidding.<p>He wasn't. He demonstrated, turning an oblong …

Lady Gaga to headline monster lineup at this year's Bluesfest

A year ago, when RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest in Ottawa announced a schedule of 2013 performers that included Rush and B.B. King, the local press hailed a "monster line-up."<p>And now this.<p>Lady Gaga, the Mother Monster herself, is set to headline 2014's blues-plus blowout in the capital city. Marking its …

Age Old Perovskite Mineral Offers Promise of Dirt Cheap Solar Power

Researchers have discovered that a mineral known to science for over a century has great potential for solar power applications. Perovskite, which is …

Artisanal miners labour by hand in Nigeria

Much of the country's minerals are dug up by artisanal miners in the north. Without the high-tech machinery that brings economies of scale, miners here lower themselves hundreds of feet into the earth to chisel gold ore.