Toxic Lake in Inner Mongolia Created By World's Addiction To High-Tech Gadgets - weather.com In all that sludge, a dirty little secret is hidden. To create our tiny gadgets, mining these rare earth minerals requires a process that isn't so environmentally friendly. Cerium, for example, is one of those elements, which is used in myriad products, BBC also reported. It's used to make catalytic converters and combined with oxygen to polish smartphone touchscreens, among many other purposes.
A diver swimming beneath thick ice is silhouetted against the green glow of the Northern Lights. Irish photographer George Karbus went to extraordinary lengths to capture this image in bitterly cold waters of Russia's White Sea in the Arctic Circle.