Mining Technology News

Minnesota dumps potash into lake to kill zebra mussels

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
Minnesota dumps potash into lake to kill zebra mussels

Zebra mussels reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain, clog water pipes and create algae.

German scientist makes diamonds from peanut butter

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 17, 2014
German scientist makes diamonds from peanut butter

It’s probably one of the first cases ever reported where the tasty spread has been used to produce synthetic gems.

BHP, Rio Tinto call for global deal to push clean coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 13, 2014
BHP, Rio Tinto call for global deal to push clean coal

Their plea comes amid fears a climate change deal reached Wednesday between the U.S. and China could hurt coal miners in Australia.

Huge unknown mammal tracks found in African diamond mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 5, 2014
Huge unknown mammal tracks found in African diamond mine

Researchers also found evidence of dinosaurs and large crocodiles dating to 118 million years ago.

BHP’s Olympic dam expansion off agenda until prices improve

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 31, 2014
BHP’s Olympic dam expansion off agenda until prices improve

The miner blamed low metals prices and productivity inefficiencies for the decision.

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Russia is seriously advancing plans to mine the moon

The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.

Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

The LME says its electronic solution for the platinum and palladium price — LMEbullion — could benefit gold bugs.

Miners to rely heavily on automation, digitization and green processes

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 2, 2014
Miners to rely heavily on automation digitization and green processes-report

New dimensions are being created within the industry, which help optimize production.

Canada launches $1.25bn large-scale carbon capture and storage plant

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 2, 2014
Canada launches $1.25bn large-scale carbon capture and storage plant

The project, first of its kind in the world, aims to demonstrate that the so-called “clean coal” technologies are feasible.

Canadian researchers modernize solar power with nano gold technology

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2014
Canadian researchers modernize solar power with nano gold technology

Scientists have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10%.

New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
New diamond nanothreads may let scientists build space elevator

Scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin diamond nanothreads, a sort of very strongnanotubes, which could prove to be stronger and hardier element currently available.

Man-made mercury levels in oceans triple

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 6, 2014
Man-made mercury levels in oceans triple

Study found mercury accumulation in the surface layers of the seas is happening faster than in the deep ocean as a result of gold mining, coal-fired power plants and sewage, among others.

BHP to complete Olympic Dam expansion years from now

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 29, 2014
BHP shoots the lights out

The company revealed it will take four years to trial a processing method it hopes will help make the expansion profitable.

This cell phone was charged with apples, potatoes and copper wire

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 25, 2014
This cell phone was charged with apples, potatoes and copper wire

The functional art installation was created outside a shopping centre in London.

Scientists unveil hardest synthetic diamond ever made

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 15, 2014
Scientists unveil hardest synthetic diamond ever made

The new synthetic rock is harder than its natural counterpart and can withstand even higher temperatures.

Aussie scientists develop cost-effective way to treat mining wastewater

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 12, 2014
Aussie scientists develop cost-effective way to treat mining wastewater

The treated water can be either released to the environment or recycled back into the purifying plant.

Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2014
Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

After a two-year moratorium,, Germany is ready to allow fracking and so reduce the country's dependency on Russian energy.

Liquid potash helps Canada control mussels plague

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 3, 2014
Liquid potash helps Canada control mussels plague

Zebra mussels reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain, clog water pipes and create algae.

Rio Tinto to launch virtual tour of its Canadian Diavik diamond mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2014
Rio Tinto to launch virtual tour of its Canadian Diavik diamond mine

The virtual reality headset will debut at the JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas.

Scientists find rare-earth-like magnetic properties in iron

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2014
Scientists find rare-earth-like magnetic properties in iron

Finding may provide a new and more available ingredient for manufacturing motors for hybrid and electric cars, as well as generators.

MIT developing platinum replacement

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 18, 2014
MIT developing platinum replacement

A team of scientists is working on a process to replace platinum-group metals (PGMs) with more widely available elements.

Copper-based experiment leads academic to find new way to treat cancer

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 18, 2014
Copper-based experiment leads academic to find new way to treat cancer

Physicist finds that when the copper-cysteamine complex he created in his lab was exposed to X-rays, it started emitting a toxic by-product that damages cancer cells.

Rio Tinto demands carbon capture progress, but doesn’t want to pay for it

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 21, 2014
Rio Tinto demands carbon capture progress, but doesn’t want to pay for it

The miner's energy division chief, Harry Kenyon-Slaney, said current climate change policy debate is idealistic and too focused on renewable energy.

Scientists find way to turn base metal into precious one

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 16, 2014
Scientists find way to turn base metal into precious one

More than conquering the age-old quest to turn base metals into precious ones, these scientists are applying modern day alchemy to build the next-generation of fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Hybrid cars magnate says shutting down US coal industry would save the Earth for only $50 billion

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 13, 2014
Palladium price roller coaster ride: long way down

The one-time investment has the potential to generate $100-150 billion in benefits every year for the next decade.

Rough diamond shows there is water hidden deep in the Earth

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 12, 2014
Rough diamond shows there is water hidden deep in the Earth

University of Alberta scientists have found the first direct evidence of vast amounts of water trapped deep inside the Earth.

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