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The allure of the Pokémon franchise is that it invades so many different mediums and forms of entertainment. One of the most substantial and most expensive areas is when it comes to the rare Pokémon cards out there.
These are the 25 most expensive and rare Pokémon cards you need to know about. From old cards that have stood the test of time to newer ones only given out to a select few, these are the rarest finds in the Pokémon TCG with their approximate values.
Starting off this list is the classic Charizard 1st Edition Holo card from the base set back in 1999. Many fans got one, including this author, but some may not have realized the value at the time. It has become one of the more prolific and popular trading cards on the secondhand market.
One of the strangest cards in existence was the 24-karat gold Pikachu card. Released in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the series, players had to sign up for the chance to get this card. And even if they were…
In Appalachia’s coal country, researchers envision turning toxic waste into treasure. The pollution left behind by abandoned mines is an untapped source of rare earth elements.
Rare earths are a valuable set of 17 elements needed to make everything from smartphones and electric vehicles to fluorescent bulbs and lasers. With global demand skyrocketing and China having a near-monopoly on rare earth production — the United States has only one active mine — there’s a lot of interest in finding alternative sources, such as ramping up recycling.
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Pulling rare earths from coal waste offers a two-for-one deal: By retrieving the metals, you also help clean up the pollution.
Long after a coal mine closes, it can leave a dirty legacy. When some of the rock left over from mining is exposed to air and water, sulfuric acid forms and pulls heavy metals from the rock. This acidic soup can pollute waterways and harm wildlife.
Recovering rare earths from what’s called acid mine drainage won’t single-handedly satisfy rising demand for the metals, acknowledges…
Bizarre, beautiful clouds—known as mother-of-pearl clouds because they resemble the inside of a pearl oyster shell—have been caught on camera high in the sky over Norway.
These polar stratospheric clouds were photographed by Norwegian photographer Fredrik Broms from Kvaløya.
"I've been on the lookout for polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) all winter," Broms told spaceweather.com. "This morning, I caught a split-second glimpse of some really colourful PSCs, and within an hour another gap in the storm clouds revealed a bigger display."
"Some of the clouds were very colorful, including an absolutely stunning greenish cloud surrounded by purple."Fredrik Broms' photograph of the polar stratospheric clouds over Norway. These rare clouds are caused by ice crystals far up in the freezing stratosphere. Fredrik Broms
Polar stratospheric clouds are very rare, as they occur between 49,000 and 82,000 feet up, in the stratosphere layer of the atmosphere over the Earth's poles, where very few clouds usually form due to a lack of moisture.
They form at extremely cold temperatures, below minus 108 degrees F, due to the trace amounts of moisture in the air turning to tiny ice crystals.
These crystals drift in thin clouds that appear as wispy, iridescent…