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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.

Harvard scientists find clean, new way of mining rare earths

It is estimated that processing one ton of rare earths these days can generate about 2,000 tons of toxic waste.

Rare earths prices rise as China builds reserves, tackles illegal mining

The global rare earth market is expected to grow from the $1.4 billion it was worth back in 2010 to $4.1 billion by 2017.

Scientists use potash mine to test feasibility of living in Mars

Studies underway at Boulby Underground Laboratory, the UK's deep underground science facility, include the analyses of cosmic rays and climate, as well as astrobiology and life in extreme environments.

Canadian project tailors microbes to extract gold without harming environment

The new technique could help improve environmental outcomes as it uses bacteria instead of chemicals such as cyanide.

Luxembourg invests heavily in space mining

First time a country partners with privates to boost the development of the industry.

US government expected to green-light first private Moon mission

An official endorsement of such mission would pave the way for several other for-profit space ventures currently in the works.

Caterpillar to present more than machines at MINExpo 2016

Caterpillar will support MINExpo 2016 with an exhibit showcasing machines, technology, expertise and practical knowledge that miners can apply to help address their cost, productivity and efficiency challenges in today’s mining environment.

INFOGRAPHIC: Why does solar power make sense for mines in Latin America

Mining is a key contributor to the economies of Chile and Mexico and without sizeable amounts of power they would not be able to run.

Bayer and Planetary Resources to collaborate to improve agriculture with space data

Improving agriculture with crop-specific satellite images.

US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

Rare earths content was tested using hydrofluoric acid, which is much stronger and more efficient than industrial methods, but is too hazardous to use on a large scale.

Planetary Resources now has $21 million to help miners find resources… on Earth

Funds will be used to deploy and operate the firm's Earth observation program, known as Ceres.

BHP to boost copper output, lower costs at vast Olympic Dam

BHP wants find a way to up output for the industrial metal from its Olympic Dam by 40% even before a proposed and long-awaited mega-expansion of the operation takes place.

Caterpillar retail sales drop 12% in first three months of the year

Results mark the 41 straight month of retail sales declines.

Copper purification system to cut shipping costs

South Australian company OZ Minerals has designed a refining process that allows it to increase the quality of its copper concentrate and exponentially reduce export costs.

Luxembourg aims high with asteroid mining deals

It’s home to just a half-million people, but the country is not thinking small when it comes to the future of mining.

Caterpillar’s new ‘smart iron age’ machines go way beyond automation

The new line of “smart” equipment will be able to communicate, instantly, how it's performing, and what might need fixing soon.

NASA unveils gold-covered telescope that will put the Hubble to shame

The $10 billion James Webb telescope is equipped with a collapsible honeycomb-like mirror made of 18 gleaming, gold-covered pieces.

This insect’s guts could be key for mining remediation

The new method would allow for specialized plants, which are critical for biodiversity, to be re-established faster around old iron ore mines.

Delays in rollout of autonomous technology forces Rio Tinto to cut iron ore guidance

The world's No. 2 iron ore miner has cut its production guidance for 2017 by as much as 20 million tonnes.

Apple got $40 million in gold from recycled iPhones last year

Thanks to its innovative program that uses robots to recover the valuable parts from the millions of Apple devices discarded every year.

Here’s how much Canadian miners are currently making

They are definitely making more than those working in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction.

Canada’s mining industry backs national carbon price

The country's largest mining companies recommend a broad-based carbon price applicable to all sectors of the economy.

Canadians to develop space mining tool

Deltion Innovations aims to design a drill that would prospect for water, ice and resources on the moon and beyond.