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Blind “Daredevil” Rats Given Superpowered Senses

Sightless rodents given an extra-sensory boost thanks to Japanese scientists.

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On April 10 Netflix will begin streaming Daredevil, their addition to the Marvel cinematic universe that’s already home to big screen heroes like Thor and Captain America. Lawyer-by-day/vigilante-hero-by night Matt Murdock, Daredevil’s titular protagonist, compensates for his chemically induced blindness with a superhuman sensory system, which not only boosts his remaining four senses, but also affords him a form of human echolocation; He can navigate his way through the world around him, “seeing” without his eyes.

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The Next Great Resource Rush: Rare Earth Metals

Right now, China produces most of the rare earth metals used in hybrid engines and wind turbines. But Japan just found 100 billion tons of the stuff.

Neodymium. Lanthanum. Dysprosium. These elements, part of a set of 17 rare earth elements, help make hybrid engines run. They power LED lightbulbs. They’re used in wind turbines. They’re resources fundamental to the design of these and other clean-energy technologies, as well as smartphones and computer screens.

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