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Seawater yields first grams of yellowcake

Yarn-like material collects largest amount of uranium to date

China's Tsinghua University unit to buy aluminium firm for $3.7bn

Tianshan has annual aluminium smelting capacity of 1.4 million tonnes.

Diamond museum opens in Belgium

The DIVA museum has a butler that allows visitors to peek inside various rooms where precious treasures are kept.

Battery metals supply crunch to slow near-term EVs growth — Moody's

Lack of new projects, investment deficit and increasing political risk will hit supply of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel, key metals for making the batteries that power electric cars.

Atlas Copco and Skills Development Corporation giving hope to the disabled

In a bid to contribute to the much-needed skills development and work experience of disabled people, Atlas Copco South Africa partnered with the Skills Development Corporation (SDC) 12 months ago on 4 April 2017.

South Australian geologists to drive a revolution in minerals exploration

New research centre has been established to help reduce the cost of mineral exploration in Australia in order to boost output.

SD Mines’ mining and mucking team takes home world championship

The team placed in every competition category - mucking and surveying, hand steel and jackleg, swede saw and gold panning.

Engineers need to start mining soft skills

In order to remain competitive and to achieve growth, engineers at firms in South Africa’s engineering, mining and manufacturing sectors need to recognise the role that emotional intelligence plays in business growth and career development. This says leading management systems and assessment tool provider, Thomas International.

Electric car dreams may be dashed by 2050 on lack of cobalt, lithium supplies

German researchers say cobalt-free battery technologies — including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements — are the best way to avoid supply issues in the long term.

Camborne School of Mines students to host 40th International Mining Games

It is the second time the world-famous mining school has hosted the illustrious event, having previously welcomed some of the world’s best and brightest mining students to Cornwall in 2012.  It also sees the games return to the mining landscape where many of the techniques on show were developed.

Scientists closer to producing safer and longer-lasting lithium battery

Using a 3-D layer of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), or silicone, reduces dendrite growth, which makes batteries safer and longer-lasting.

NORCAT launches new experiential training and development programs for the global mining industry

These new programs, which will provide opportunities for both new and existing workers, were developed based on feedback from NORCAT’s global mining partners that identified the need to provide workers with the skills and confidence to implement, operate, and manage emerging technologies that are being adopted by and transforming the global mining industry. 

Exposure to chemicals used in fracking may cause pre-cancerous lesions in mice

US researchers have found that female mice exposed to mixtures of chemicals used in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations during prenatal development had abnormal mammary glands in adulthood. Some even developed pre-cancerous mammary lesions.

Startups set to transform mining with Komatsu and Unearthed

The event is a hackathon with a twist, as startups will pitch their mining technologies to senior level executives from Komatsu Japan, USA, and Australia, and then work closely with Komatsu mentors to prototype their model with the multinational manufacturing giant.

Proof engineers’ ground-breaking haul road monitoring device a proven asset

A ground-breaking innovation to monitor haul road conditions has been demonstrated by researchers to have the potential to revolutionize the mining industry.

SD Mines adds Ph.D. specialization in mining engineering

This decision by the Mining Engineering and Management Department will increase research opportunities and funding, and develop critical collaborations.

These five technologies will shake up the mining industry in 2018

In the last few years of companies being forced into more cost-saving and efficiency measures have naturally bred innovation.

This new model tracks copper use from cradle to grave…to reincarnation

Research also charts rapid growth of China’s copper use.

Mining’s innovation deficit: transforming to a new performance model

The mining industry needs to ramp up productivity. The solution lies in adopting lean and design thinking approaches, following key several principles.

This new method for getting gold from e-waste may be just what miners need

Canadian start-up EnviroLeach has created a new environment-friendly chemical process with the potential to transform precious metal extraction in the mining and electronic waste (e-waste) sectors.

Millions of dollars in gold end up in Switzerland’s sewers every year

Researchers estimate that roughly 43 kg of gold — worth about $1.8 million at current prices — and 3,000 kg of silver (worth nearly $1.7 million) were flushed away last year.

Nova Scotia miners offer more than $8,000 cash to students who can prove industry ‘rocks’

The Mining ROCKS! contest, now in its fourth year, hopes to inspire children to learn about the industry, get creative and win big.

Aussie consortium to spend $12m in research to boost copper production

Initiative is part of South Australia’s government strategy that aims to triple the state's copper production to one-million tonnes a year by 2030.

Hexagon Mining partners with Colorado School of Mines

Agreement solidifies company’s “miners of tomorrow” vision.

Scientists figure out how to make it rain diamonds

It's the first time the event has been reproduced in a lab environment similar to the one within Neptune and Uranus.