crystals forcast erruptions!

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Volcanologists are convinced that indicators are present in mineral growth which could predict a possible eruption, studying a crystals tiny growth layers can show pressure and temperature changes during formation when compared to previous known crystals of the area.

Massive Bosnian Stone Sphere

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An Archaeologist who's been studying stone spheres for 15yrs suggests that this latest example could be the work of ancient civilisations whilst other experts say it's probable a huge natural concretion. for pic and further info

pure talc

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French researchers have managed to use hydrothermal synthesis to create synthetic talc, with consistent purity and size with an added
Hydrophilic quality new uses for humble talc could be available, along with less reliance on natural resources.

Rock Gem 'n' Bead Shows

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2000 was the first Rock n Gem show I ever exhibited at, naive with a few boxes of freshly imported stock and a small cash tin empty albeit with a woefully small amount of change but keen to learn & sell. I was positioned near another relative newbie who was selling natural stone drilled beads. I could see a queue forming at the entrance and once the clock struck 10am to my amazement a wave of visitors surged through the building, they seemed to be striving towards their favoured exhibitors eye’s rapidly surveying all before them in case a purchase had to be made.

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REE’s

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REE’s or rare earth elements are critical for technology but they may not be particularly rare but are difficult to find in quantities viable to mine, researchers are compiling REE spectral database so they will be able to recognise these elements from aircraft and satellite data, in particular the planned German EnMAP mapping satellite project.

metaphysical news - issue 69

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Having a bit of a revival recently is that often overlooked combination of amethyst with citrine - ametrine, for clearing negativity and connecting to our more spiritual being.


Also on the buyers list is a particular favourite possibly reminiscent of a childhood sweet - mangano calcite, the beautiful powder pink stone from Peru often referred to as a higher heart centre stone, one for forgiveness and helping with valuing ourselves.

opal meteorite

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Recently the 2nd example of opal found in a meteorite was discovered, the evidence bearing meterorite was found in the Antarctic, the opal may have formed after its asteroid was probably bombarded by other ice bearing space traffic!

news - issue 69

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meteorite watching
Utilising the FSU National High Magnetic Field Laboratory to study the Gujba meteorite, researchers are convinced that it was formed as a
result of a collision between a large metallic body and planet. The planet though to be larger than the asteroid 4 Vesta (a large dweller within the asteroid belt) reinforcing the meteorites are ‘construction debris of the planets’ statement.

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solar power

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US researchers have developed a technique with perovskite crystals which has increased solar cell conversion efficiency by 300%, the key was to allow a clear path for the electrons to flow down the layer unobstructed. This creates huge potential for future solar cells and opto electronic devices.
Perovskite was first discovered in 1839 in Russia and was named after Lev Perovski

Meteorite Lights Up Sky over Scotland

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March started with a rumble and double flash of light in the evening sky around teatime for many people living in Scotland, the BBC has clips and more info regarding the potential 10cm space rock.

70 issues of the printed rockngem magazine 1997-2016

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At a glance you can see how the rockngem magazine has evolved from, switching focus to the online edition is another step & challenge but will enable instant access to the latest news & articles.

Interestingly our all time bestseller was issue 51 from 2011 possibly due to the amazing multi million dollar rhodocrosite specimen on the cover pictured during a trip to the Tucson mineral shows.

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Sam Smith 1st Crystal Collection

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"Either way thou, they are beautiful xx" Sam Smith announced on Instagram the purchase of his first crystals, including a quartz crystal ball..

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