The news around gas prices, explained

How we got here, and what’s being done to fix it.

Jacob Cohen • June 23, 2022

Timber! Lumber prices are falling hard

Rising interest rates and low inventory have slowed the housing market, causing lumber prices to plummet.

Rob Litterst • June 7, 2022

Backing out of Russia is costing oil companies billions

Some of oil’s biggest players are paying the price for backing out of Russia.

Rob Litterst • May 9, 2022

Why are gas prices skyrocketing?

Remember the good old days (a year ago) when gas was under $3?

Jacob Cohen • March 10, 2022

Tesla’s water problem

Experts say Tesla’s Berlin factory would double the local region’s water needs.

Jacob Cohen • February 24, 2022

Gas prices are rising at near-record levels. There’s no easy fix.

Gas prices are reaching record highs, and analysts aren’t sure how to fix it.

Rob Litterst • December 2, 2021

In San Francisco, one person’s trash (can) is another’s treasure

San Fran’s got some grand (translation: expensive) plans for its garbage cans.

Jacob Cohen • October 1, 2021

Paint supply is running dry — and everyone’s paying the price

The latest supply shock: paint, which is seeing its highest prices since 2009.

Rob Litterst • September 27, 2021

Digits: A fidget toy boom, electronic noses, and geofence warrants

Plus: Coin shortages, hot air balloons, and Afghanistan’s mineral deposits.

Jacob Cohen • August 23, 2021

Crystals are a $1B+ industry. Who’s buying?

People are spending serious cash on giant crystals, like a $45k amethyst throne and a $125k coffee table.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 9, 2021

The huge shake-up at oil giant ExxonMobil

After losing a shareholder vote, ExxonMobil now has 2 green-friendly directors on its board who will push for carbon reduction.

Trung T. Phan • June 1, 2021

The future of water is … sewage?

Treating sewage is a cost-effective way to make tap water. But can Americans get over the yuck factor?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • May 21, 2021

An oncoming mineral shortage may derail our green future

Clean tech like EVs and wind power require a lot of rare earth and minerals. We may not have enough to support our long-term clean energy goals.

Trung T. Phan • May 11, 2021

The world’s largest jeweler is ditching diamonds-au-naturel

Pandora is aligning itself with millennial spending habits and going all in on lab-grown diamonds (which are much more ethical than the real things).

Trung T. Phan • May 10, 2021

Landmen are going through a dramatic career change

As oil cools down and renewables heat up, landmen are looking to pivot.

Jacob Cohen • April 20, 2021

The skyrocketing cost of lumber, explained

Low supply and high demand have pushed lumber prices through the roof, but European beetles are helping.

Jacob Cohen • April 14, 2021

The FCC’s 5G auctions are out of control: ~$70B and counting

AT&T and Verizon are likely bidding like crazy to catch up to T-Mobile on 5G spectrum.

Trung T. Phan • December 28, 2020

Lab-grown diamonds are coming for the crown

Lab grown diamonds (LGD) are cheaper, faster to make and much less conflict-y than traditional diamonds.

Eli London • November 23, 2020

Forget gold: Meet the Diamond Standard

Diamonds really want to become more investor-friendly.

Michael Waters • September 24, 2020

Barrick Gold launches a $17B+ bid to become the most major miner

Barrick Gold is attempting a $17B+ takeover of its rival Newmont, but the deal isn’t looking particularly shiny.

Conor Grant • February 26, 2019

Steel producer Nucor will leverage federal tax cuts to build a $1.35B steel mill

After a big 2018, Nucor plans to create 400 new full-time jobs by the year 2022 after announcing it will build a $1.3B steel factory.

Wes Schlagenhauf • January 8, 2019

Global gold demand hits a 10-year low — here’s what that means

  Demand for gold dropped 7% in Q1 this year to post its weakest quarter since the ‘08 financial crisis, driven, according to MarketWatch, by lower demand for gold bars and gold-backed funds. What does this mean? And why do people decide to keep their money in gold in the first place? People just aren’t […]

Lindsey Quinn • May 4, 2018

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