Mica has practical purposes, and also has an attractive sparkle. The silicate mineral is used for everything from electronics to paints and cosmetics. But it's children who are crawling into mines to excavate it for big industry.
India is playing catch-up in Africa compared to China. At the moment, the trade mainly resolves around oil. But with much in common, India is looking to deepen the relationship with African countries.
By and large, "Made in Germany" is not the driving force behind companies in Europe's powerhouse preparing to go to space. The country spends millions on the industry but not nearly enough, say critics.
Cities hold tons of materials that can be reused — and doing so can address over-exploitation of scarce natural resources. From buildings to electronic waste, we are surrounded by value. So how does urban mining work?
With over 1.7 million subscribers, YouTuber Dhruv Rathee is not scared of speaking against the powers that be. His videos have contributed significantly to making India's Internet-savvy youth think critically.
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