Mining Technology News

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

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.

Increasing digital investment to change mining industry: survey

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 5, 2014
Increasing digital investment to change mining industry: survey

A third of North America's mining companies will significantly increase their digital investment by 2017.

Massive diamond deposit said to be hiding beneath Antarctica’s icy hills

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 18, 2013
Massive diamond deposit said to be hiding beneath Antarctica’s icy hills

But scientists think the chance of the Antarctic kimberlite containing economically viable amounts of diamonds may be low.

Australia’s promise to assist BHP with its Olympic Dam expansion a ‘cruel hoax’

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2013
Australia’s promise to assist BHP with its Olympic Dam expansion a ‘cruel hoax’

South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, has reproached the federal government for saying BHP could resume its Olympic Dam expansion within months.

Jupiter forecast: cloudy with chance of diamonds

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2013
Jupiter forecast: cloudy with chance of diamonds

Together with Saturn, these planets may be massive diamond mines say researchers.

North England old mines may hold key to cheaper energy

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 16, 2013
North England old mines may hold key to cheaper energy

Water sitting in flooded abandoned mines can be a source of cheap geothermal energy.

Belaz launches world's largest mining dump truck

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 4, 2013
Belaz launches world's largest mining dump truck

Belarusian manufacturer to set a Guinness Record.

Safer, more efficient nuclear fuel almost ready to hit the market

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2013
Safer, more efficient nuclear fuel almost ready to hit the market

Known as tristructural-isotropic (TRISO), this fourth-generation reactor fuel can resist high-temperature accident conditions.

BHP keeping Olympic Dam expansion on hold, unless ‘technological miracle’ allows it

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 26, 2013
BHP keeping Olympic Dam expansion on hold, unless ‘technological miracle’ allows it

CEO Andrew Mackenzie expects to have something to say about the expansion "within a year.”

Mining and other human activities hurting coral reefs, causing sea life extinction: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2013
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Species living in declining reef habitats, such as Australia’s Great Barrier, likely to go extinct.

Study links copper to Alzheimer's disease

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 20, 2013
Study links copper to Alzheimer's disease

US researchers said that too much copper in diets may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Winklevoss twins launch $20 million Bitcoin IPO

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 2, 2013
Winklevoss twins launch $20 million Bitcoin IPO

In a 74-page document filed Monday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the brothers say they will protect the virtual currency like gold bars —in vaults.

Shell taps into the Australian mining truck market with LNG technology

MINING.com Editor | April 3, 2013
Mining truck

Giant miners such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto are said to be looking to implement the technology at their West Australian operations.

Global standardization and visual communications in the mining community

Jack Rubinger | March 19, 2013
Global standardization and visual communications in the mining community

Standardization in industrial terms means following repeatable actions to achieve consistent goals

Mining industry to solve lack of skilled workers with technology: study

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 18, 2013
Is the automated mine a threat to recruitment?

International mining executives believe the industry is in the midst of a transition from a blue collar to a white collar workforce.

German researchers develop mineral as flexible as rubber

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 15, 2013
German researchers develop mineral as flexible as rubber

Experts believe their invention could be a good replacement for asbestos.

From toilet to tap: young Canadians develop new method for wastewater clean-ups

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 5, 2013
From toilet to tap: young Canadians develop new method for wastewater clean-ups

Two brothers studying at University of New Brunswick, Canada, are working on a new method aimed to reduce the cost and environmental footprint of wastewater clean-ups.

Scientists discover bacteria that can make gold out of mine waste

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 5, 2013
Scientists discover bacteria that can make gold out of mine waste

It protects itself by turning its environment into molecular-sized gold nuggets.

New remote truck checking services

MINING.com Editor | January 2, 2013
New remote truck checking services

Volvo Trucks has developed a new GSM-based system that allows the workshop to check a truck’s condition remotely – a development that promises increased uptime and lower maintenance costs, to be release in Europe this year.

Actionable intelligence delivered with real-time clarity

Jenn Markey | December 17, 2012

Remote monitoring is not new to mining companies. The key decision is often what type of communication system will be used.

Old ore mining yields clues to early life

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 11, 2012
Mining old ores yields clues to early life

A team of scientists have provided new insight into how ancient metal-ore deposits can be used to better understand the chemistry of the ancient oceans and, as a consequence, the early evolution of life.

$16 trillion of platinum could be extracted from seawater

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 31, 2012
underwater mining

Space mining start-up Planetary Resources President, Chris Lewicki, made more than one eyebrow rise Wednesday as he wrote in his blog that there are about $16 trillion worth of platinum waiting to be extracted in our Earth’s oceans.

Newmont recognized by Carbon Disclosure Project for third consecutive year

Company's Press Release | October 29, 2012
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Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) announced Monday it was recognized for transparent climate change disclosure practices by the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Leadership Index for the third consecutive year.

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