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Caterpillar sees green shoots in mining, but sales far from picking up

The equipment maker is currently spending most of its R&D budget in its digital area, which aims to help miners reduce the amount of machinery needed at operations.

Alrosa unveils detection device for polished diamonds

Rough-diamond prices fell 18% in 2015 and some miners, such as Alrosa, believe synthetic gems were partly responsible for it.

World’s top diamond producer Alrosa doesn’t like synthetics

The Russian miner, the world's top diamond producer by output, said it has become imperative for the industry to find effective ways to defend the market from illegal substitutions by synthetic gems.

Abandoned Aussie gold mine to become renewable energy hub

Project addresses one of the biggest challenges faced by the wide-scale adoption of renewable energy — storage.

Space mining absolutely viable — NASA expert

The main challenge for mining near-Earth celestial bodies is neither technology nor cost, but simply “convincing people it is realistic,” says Dr. Phil Metzger.

First global rankings of renewables for mines released

Energy and Mines has released the initial results of the first global rankings of renewables use by mining companies identifying the top 21 mining companies using wind and solar to power their operations.

This new technology could be blood diamonds worst enemy

Two companies have partnered to use near field communication (NFC) — best known for enabling mobile payments— for tacking a diamond's history.

Barrick Gold, Cisco push mining into digital era starting with Cortez mine

The goal is to apply the latest technology available to cut costs and bring additional value out of existing operations.

NASA’s latest mission may tell us whether asteroid mining is really a go

OSIRIS-REx will collect samples from an asteroid and return them to Earth, in what it could be a pivotal step for firms currently planning to tap into the space mining business.

EPA adds Colorado gold mine to new Superfund pollution sites

Move comes thirteen months after an EPA crew mistake caused millions of gallons of bright orange wastewater to taint rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Caterpillar to close Belgium plant, lay off 2000 workers

The possible plant closure, which could cost around 2,000 jobs, is part of a global restructuring plan announced in September that could see CAT cutting as many as 10,000 jobs globally in the coming years.

3D exploration model opens up South Australia

A 3D model showing underground landscapes to a depth of 100km of an entire Australian state has been launched.

Past gold mining near Yellowknife severely hurt lakes, wildlife — report

More than 20,000 tonnes of toxic arsenic trioxide released from the now-shut Giant gold mine wiped out entire populations of algae and invertebrates from lakes nearby, study shows.

Fission 3.0 – Canada’s leading uranium project generator is making moves

Chief Geologist Ross McElroy highlights to investors the merits of owning ‘Canada’s Leading Uranium Project Generator’.

Mount Polley disaster could have been a lot worse — report

Two years after the mine’s massive tailings pond collapse, the tarnished Golden Triangle environmental and economic fallout continues.

Metso inks key deal with world's largest copper miner Codelco

To support the conversion of Chuquicamata, the largest open-pit copper mine in the world, to a large-scale underground mining operation.

Colombia’s largest mine turns to Australian tech to reduce environmental impacts

The Cerrejón mine is one of the world’s largest open cut coal operations.

US solar industry hailed as ‘light at end of tunnel’ for jobless coal miners

Study argues it would be cheap and simple to retrain coal workers for solar jobs.

Asteroid miner Deep Space to launch first commercial mission by 2020

The mission's goal is to map a target asteroid, looking for deposits of water and other resources with visible and infrared cameras.

Caterpillar further cuts profit, sales forecast

CAT said commodity prices remain on the low end and had yet to translate into increased mining activity or higher demand for equipment.

Ferrobamba and Tenova sign a cooperation agreement for the Aymaraes (Peru) iron ore development project

Ferrobamba selects Tenova HYL Micro Module to develop its iron ore deposit and build a 250,000 t/y High Carbon DRI plant in Peru

Luleå University of Technology invests In Virtalis VR Technology

With 90% of the iron ore in Europe contained within Northern Sweden, it’s not surprising the Luleå University of Technology is a hub of mining and geological expertise.

BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam set to reach highest copper production in a decade

Red metal production at the copper-uranium mine is expected to hit around 230,000 tonnes by 2021, but there is potential for up to 450,000 tonnes per year.

Molten salt technology to reduce mining industry costs

The University of South Australia has formed a collaborative research funding partnership with Centrex Metals Limited in a bid to use the cutting-edge technology to significantly reduce energy and water usage, and therefore the cost of mineral processing using molten salts.

Security in mining, how protected are resources?

Dependent on the market and the overall supply and demand of primary industries, paired with socioeconomic and geopolitical factors, some resources and minerals are far more valuable than others.