Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud is a Venezuela-born multimedia and multiplatform journalist. She has 10 years of work experience covering local and international news, as well as arts and culture information for different media outlets and platforms. She holds a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia and was a fellow of the International Reporting Program.

Fusion power using superconducting magnets: researchers are almost there

MIT scientists describe fusion power as a potentially "inexhaustible and zero-carbon source of energy."

Russia and China to work on joint uranium mining project

The Russia-China Investment Fund for Regional Development will kickstart the financing for a uranium mining project.

Newcrest shares hit after dam wall collapse

The miner declared that its performance for fiscal 2018 will be affected by the breach of a tailings dam wall at its Cadia gold mine.

Gold miner now in the blockchain business

Caza Gold and Arctic Blockchain merge.

Countries evaluate actions to offset the effects of Trump’s tariffs

Reactions continue to pour in following U.S. President Donald Trump’s imposition of 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent for aluminium for almost every country but Mexico and Canada.

Gold and titanium nanowires restore vision in blind mice

Researchers from Fudan University and the University of Science and Technology of China tried curing blindness using gold and titanium.

One of Australia's largest gold mines halts operations after dam collapse

Newcrest Mining says experts on site have observed no environmental damage.

Indonesia to lead nickel production: BMI

The market intelligence firm says global nickel ore production growth will continue to accelerate in 2018 as major producer countries see a recovery in production levels following subdued output in 2017.

South African diamond provides new clues on Earth's internal processes

A mineral usually found at depths of 700 km found ensconced within diamond near Earth’s surface for the first time.

How vanadium-coated smart glass saves energy

Smart glass windows made with vanadium are capable of saving more energy by stopping thermal radiation from escaping, scientists say.

More countries want to be exempt from Trump’s tariffs

Brazil, Argentina, Japan and the EU have expressed concerns about the measure.

British Columbia to reform Environmental Assessment Process in the fall

Environmental assessments already underway will continue under the current process.

South Kalgoorlie gold mine sold to Northern Star for $62.6 million

The acquisition comprises the project’s operating processing facility and 800 square kilometres of Prospective Gold tenure.

Diamond-backed raffle for “world’s most expensive dinner” canceled

The experience would include $17,000 diamond chopsticks and an 18-course dinner prepared by the Michelin-starred team from Jaan.

Villagers denounce irregular operations by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company

They say diamonds have become a curse instead of a blessing for those living in the Mutare West region.

Ontario wants high-tech mines up north

According to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Province wants to help improve mine productivity in the region, increase operating efficiencies, and contribute to the global expansion of northern businesses.

Thirty-three illegal miners arrested at abandoned site in South Africa

According to the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, illegal miners in the country usually belong to organised crime syndicates.

Commander and Fjordland announce $1.2 million exploration program in Labrador

Their 29,400-hectare property is located in central Labrador, 80 kilometres south of Vale’s Voisey’s Bay Nickel mine

Fifty-five workers back to surface after fire at potash facility in Saskatchewan

After spending almost an entire day at underground refuge stations, 55 workers at The Mosaic Company’s K2 potash facility made it safely to surface.

Manganese’s novel chemical state could create more efficient batteries

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this new state enables a high-performance, low-cost sodium-ion battery.

Kaminak founder restarts gold project in Nevada with a $12M drill program

Sterling is already permitted.

US judge rules against Venezuela in dispute with Rusoro

Judge Richard J. Leon has stayed Rusoro’s CSID Expropriation award against Venezuela registered in the U.S.

Trevali and Puma join forces in New Brunswick

Trevali will provide aCDN$7.5 million in funding to Puma in order for them to finalize the 100% acquisition of the Murray Brook Deposit.

Canadian gold miner to enter the copper business in Chile

Darien Resource Development has entered into an agreement with Artemis Mining to acquire a 100% interest in the Cristal project located in northern Chile.

Rand newly gained strength may negatively impact South Africa’s gold miners: BMI

"Our optimistic outlook for the rand will shift our existing positive view on South African gold miners over the coming years," says the market research firm.