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Data contained in diamonds could stay there forever too

Scientists say precious stones could have a more practical, equally long-term use one day.

Exploration firms the biggest winners of renewables use in mining — study

Power generation costs could be dramatically reduced by the adoption of semi-portable, flexible solar and wind energy solution, say experts.

A lot more automation, a lot less humans to hit the mining industry

According to a new study, countries where miners are rapidly adopting technologies such as self-driving trucks will be increasingly at risk of reduced socioeconomic benefits from mining.

Caterpillar axes sales forecast, warns factors depressing orders could linger

While quarterly earnings beat analysts expectations, revenue fell short of estimates and CAT also lowered its full-year guidance.

Bringing the benefits of mobile computing to the mining industry

When the word ‘mobile’ is mentioned it most likely invokes an image of a smart phone and, for some, the cellular network infrastructure that enables it.

Caterpillar rally hindered by fresh drop in sales

The world’s largest heavy machinery maker has logged a 18% drop in global sales of machinery for the three-month period ended in September.

Mining robots key to colonizing Mars — Elon Musk

He envisions people living in big glass-carbon fiber domes on the surface, with additional areas mined out below the surface by robots for "industrial" uses.

Cat scales back room and pillar business

CAT said it remains committed to existing customers.

Caterpillar CEO Oberhelman to step down in March

Jim Umpleby, group president for energy and transportation, will succeed Oberhelman as chief executive.

South Africa has failed to protect locals from gold mine pollution: Harvard report

Independent investigation says the country has not complied with international laws, reacting too slowly and doing too little about the polluting effects of 130 years of gold mining near Johannesburg.

INFOGRAPHIC: The facts and figures that make space mining real

While many still see space mining as science fiction, global recruitment expert Fircroft has compiled data that proves it feasible.

Caterpillar updates Cat® MineStar™ Terrain with new features that optimize mining productivity and operating costs

Caterpillar announces an upgrade to Cat® MineStar™ Terrain, one of the capability sets that makes up the company’s integrated mine operations and mobile equipment management system.

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.