Mining Technology News

US Congress passes bill on space mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2015
US Congress passes bill on space mining

Welcome to the future.

Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 15, 2015
Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash pollution charges, to pay $102 million

The U.S. largest electrical utility, has pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for polluting four major rivers with coal ash.

Mount Polley mining disaster caused major changes to ecosystem — study

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 6, 2015
Mount Polley mining disaster cause major changes to ecosystem — study

It also says it is still too early to determine long-term impacts on fish and drinking water.

This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 4, 2015
This plant may be the best diamond-finding tool you’ll ever have

American geophysicist and Fulbright scholar, Stephen Haggerty, has found a new prickly, palm-like plant that seems to grow only on top of kimberlite pipes.

Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 28, 2015
Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine

The company, dealing with aging mines, has been leaning on a wide range of new technologies to reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies.

This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 10, 2015
This is what the world’s largest underground mine looks like

MINING.com visited Chile’s El Teniente mine, the world's largest underground copper operation and the sixth biggest copper mine by reserve size.

BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 30, 2015
BHP axing up to 300 Olympic Dam jobs

The decision caps off a dreadful month for South Australia’s mining sector.

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 29, 2015
Here is why metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.

China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 21, 2015
China’s alleged intentions to mine Antarctica spark global debate

New evidence has emerged of China's interest in digging for oil, gas a minerals in the frozen continent.

Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 19, 2015
Fish sperm a ‘key ingredient’ to recycling rare earth elements

Japanese scientists have developed a process that uses salmon sperm to mine and reprocess rare earth elements (REEs).

Innovative tech could improve hunt for gold; Nexus Gold deploys new technology at Walker Ridge

Nexus Gold Corp. | January 13, 2015

A recent innovation in geosurvey methods could help slash costs and risks for mineral exploration projects.

Chile mulls making water desalination mandatory for miners

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 9, 2015
Chile mulls making water desalination mandatory for miners

The measure would only be imposed to miners that consume more than 150 liters (40 gallons) of water per second.

Scientists test algae to harvest precious metals and biofuel from mining sludge

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 29, 2014
Scientists test algae to harvest precious metals and biofuel from mining sludge

If successful the technology could be used to treat many forms of environmental pollution.

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.

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