Japan just discovered 16 million tons of rare earth metals.

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  1. ithinktheymad

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    Wow I'd imagine that takes quite a bit of leverage away from North Korea.
     
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    Shit, if someone would burn Afghanistan's opium fields, we wouldn't have a reason to be there now.
     
  3. cottagecheesefan

    cottagecheesefan Silver Belt

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    well, with the way things are going, that gives us more than enough time to start mining asteroids, teraforming planets, and mining them as well.
     
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    This is very significant and great for Japan and the west. China holds most of the world's rare earth metals and a few years ago stated that the won't play politics with it(which is bullshit) accept for Japan, basically. They hate Japan lol.

    The Japanese must be laughing their asses off about this.
     
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    Teraforming planets?

    Lol
     
  6. cottagecheesefan

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    at the rate technology is moving, you don't find that feasible?
     
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    Rare earth is a name, dummy. Not a description.
     
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    The Department of Offense needs to get on this ASAP.
     
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    Amerikuracana Titanium Belt

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    No.
     
  10. cottagecheesefan

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    dang. I peg you as one of those cup half full guys. Lots of good sci fi and even stuff like popular science magazine that chimes in on teraforming. I see it starting in the next 100-150 years. With things like the Falcon Heavy becoming so precise. Launch a few satilites near a planet or moon, then shoot out deployable greenhouses and drones, start to form an atmosphere. Seem pretty realistic to me.

    There are small island that generate their own atmosphere/rain system. Even if we don't transform an entire planet, we can create mini atmospheres and then build around them.
     
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    It's good news whenever new resources are discovered, but I gotta be that party pooper. There are major technical challenges to extracting these rare earth metals, since they sitting on the seabed rather than on land. The cost to mine them would be enormous compared to open pit mining. The deposits are also close to 1,000 nautical miles off the Japanese coast, further adding to the cost. I don't know if it's even economically feasible to actually go after the deposits.
     
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    One of those filthy rich billionaires needs to fund some nerds to study Star Trek movies to figure out how they did it.
     
  13. Amerikuracana

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    It would take thousands and thousands and thousands of years to make a dent.
     
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    They didn't do it lol.

    They did have a mega-structure "Dyson sphere" in the TNG episode where Scotty returns.. Those things will not exist. They require too much matter, would take a billion years to build, at least, and stars are not infinite so they don't make sense. Better to travel through space one the tech exists.
     
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    I thought the planet they sent Spock to for Search for Spock was terraformed.
     
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    That is already going on. I have read Popular Science for over a decade, and there is so much awesome stuff out there. Stuff like that throws off capitalism tho, if it is a big enough game changer.


    If you incorporate things like specific algae and insects that facilitate that type of growth, I don't think it would take that long.
     
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    Insects? Do you realize the scale of what you speak of? And uh, if insects could live, would likely be life already.
     
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    I am talking about within the deployable greenhouses with hydroponic systems, as they start creating atmpshere. With genetic engineering becoming a real thing, we could create insects and algae that form symbiotic relationships with plant life to start forming an atmosphere.
     
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    I understand. The planet would be have to be very, very close to being able to support life to do anything useful within 100,000 years. If the planet cannot support life, do you have pots for the algea? Houses for the bugs? That would be a lot of pots, you know, to cover half the surface of a planet.
     
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    So now that there is a "near infinite" amount of this stuff, are they really still rare?
     

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