Hewlett-Packard is one of a few companies seeking certification that ensures metals used in their products do not fund the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Apple and Nintendo are among tech titans accused of failing to ensure their raw materials are not bought from violent gangs in the Congo, while HP has been praised for its efforts.
Minerals are vital to many green technologies, including lithium batteries for electric cars. Now neodymium, used in magnets for wind turbines and car batteries, comes into focus.
How are these unusual minerals extracted from the ground and why is that process an environmental risk? CNET's Jay Greene explains.
The company says 95 percent of its supply chain partners are compliant with a work week that is less than 60 hours.
For the first time, we have telescopes strong enough to see the radioactivity at the heart of the supernova known as Cas A. What scientists have seen there helps unravel the mystery of how a star dies.
Using the Herschel Telescope, the European Space Agency has detected water vapor on Ceres, the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt. And it just may have a whole lot of it.
Simbol Materials opens an operation in California to extract lithium, zinc, and other metals for batteries from the discharge of geothermal plants.
The Dogfish Head brewery crafts an out-of-this-world brew with a splash of ground-up lunar meteorites.
The FairPhone is built using ethically-sourced minerals, and using factories with a good employment conditions record.