The fertilizer ammonium nitrate is cheap, abundant, and highly detonable. It's a key ingredient in many IEDs. Recently, a team in New Mexico has come up with a way to make the fertilizer less explosive.
Ethanol has largely fizzled here in the US. But in Brazil, people have been driving their cars for years powered only by sugarcane ethanol. In recent years though, ethanol in Brazil has hit a speed bump.
Wadi D'uan, a valley in Yemen, is where the world's most sought-after honey can be found. Its hot and dry climate, along with short flowering season of local plants help produce the rich, aromatic honey.
Synthetic fertilizers contribute mightily to climate change. So now there's a growing push in India to return to the ancient practice of using human waste as fertilizer, but with modern sanitary safeguards.
The Great Artesian Basin, which provides drinking water to many communities in the Outback, comes to the surface nearly boiling and stinking of rotten eggs, yet it is a life-giving resource in an unforgiving environment.