Our plastics are loaded with rare-earth materials, and scientists don’t know why

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Some of the most precious material on earth is lurking in water bottles and other disposable plastics. What’s going on? Praseodymium. Dysprosium. Neodymium. These are the extremely precious, rare-earth materials that are inside every iPhone and similar electronics. To acquire them is not just costly, but has led to incredible levels of environmental destruction . Read Full Story

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Tesla stock drops after Elon Musk’s confounding tweet

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“Tesla stock price too high imo,” the billionaire mogul tweeted Friday. Following a stellar earnings report from Tesla, in which its earnings per share soared above analyst bets, Tesla’s stock rocketed to a monthly high on Wednesday. CEO Elon Musk, who has apparently had his fill of Earth-shattering successes, decided to snuff out the rise. Read Full Story

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The hidden cost of building fences

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Fences have major, sometimes deadly, effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured. What is the most common form of human infrastructure in the world? It may well be the fence. Recent estimates suggest that the total length of all fencing around the globe is 10 times greater than the total length of roads . If our planet’s fences were stretched end to end, they would likely bridge the distance from Earth to the Sun multiple times. Read Full Story

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As Elon Musk shouts into the void, Tesla stock soars with first-quarter earnings and revenue beat

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Here’s our first look at Tesla’s bottom line since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic. Tesla reported its first-quarter earnings today, beating analysts’ expectations with $5.99 billion in revenue and earnings of $1.24 per share. The report marks our first close-up look at the electric carmaker’s finances since the coronavirus pandemic upended much of daily life here on Earth. Tesla’s stock price was trading up by 4% today before the market closed, and it shot up from there. It was up more than 9% in after-hours trading. Read Full Story

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The 7 best brands for sleek, well-designed outdoor furniture

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Ready to upgrade from Ikea and Wayfair? Looking beyond the West Elm cookie cutter? These seven brands will spruce up your backyard with stylish, functional products. When the weather turns from mucky to sunshine, suddenly your backyard and patio are whole new rooms for you to furnish. Outfitting your outdoors can be quite a task. You want comfortable, reliable furniture . . . that can withstand the elements, and look good while doing so. So, why not take the same considerations you do when shopping for inside the house? We’re talking high-quality, design-minded brands that use materials that don’t destroy the earth. And that will last for years to come. Read Full Story

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