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Kazakhstan Poised for Rare Earth Boom

By Colin Berlyne

Rare earths are hard-to-find elements and minerals essential to the production of the high-tech gadgets that drive the world’s economy. And Kazakhstan is soaring up the league of producers to become one of the most important rare earth suppliers in the world. The term “rare earths” refers to 17 chemically similar elements which are vital

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The Coolest Ride Around: Almaty Opens Central Asia’s Newest Subway

By Colin Berlyne

It took 23 years to give the 1.4 million inhabitants of Almaty their first subway, but it was worth the wait. The first 8.56 km stretch of track and first seven passenger stations of the new rapid transit underground rail system opened in December 2011 and Almaty residents tell EdgeKz Magazine they are excited to

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Nuclear Fuel Bank: A New Way to go Nuclear

By Alex Lee

Nuclear power is a good thing. It provides an alternative energy source for many countries and, depending on your definition, is eco-friendly. The only problem is the stuff used to fuel it could also cause a global security catastrophe if it falls into the wrong hands. So the dilemma is how to enjoy the good

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The Kazakh Steppe: Ancient Culture Informs Modern World

By Alex Walters

The endless, rolling Eurasian steppe has shaped the identity of the Kazakh people. Just as the British look to the sea, the Americans to their fabled Western frontier and the Arabs of the Arabian Peninsula to the desert, the Kazakhs remain entranced by their fabled grass ocean. It continues to inspire and guide them today.

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Dombra: Part of the Kazakh Soul

By Teri Barner

Across the vast Asian steppe and through the centuries, the sounds of a simple stringed instrument have formed a backdrop to the lives of Kazakhs. The melodies of the traditional dombra strike a chord with Kazakhs in a way that’s hard for non-Kazakhs to understand, evoking memories of ancestors, of family, of first loves, of

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