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which lies about 40 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Cancer

I don't think I'm going to go short on precious metals just yet. :)

That said, there are a couple of interesting pursuits going on much closer to home. The first is deep sea mining:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230339560457743...

And the other is asteroid mining:

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/planetary-resource...
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