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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.

Meet the new system that could cut coal-plant emissions in half

Researchers at the MIT have developed a hybrid system that combines two well-known technologies: coal gasification and fuel cells.

Investment in drones and wearables is set to expand across African mines

Environmental monitoring technologies have strong penetration rates in the African mining industry, with significant growth expected for drones and wearable technologies, finds a new report by Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Center (MIC).

These bacteria can help you find rich platinum deposits

Fresh research shows a new role for bacteria in cycling platinum group metals in soils and sediments, offering a better understanding of how to search for them.

Fabrisonic uses Tantalum for Radiation Shielding Applications

Fabrisonic, a manufacturing technology company, based in the US, uses tantalum, a rare earth metal, in radiation shielding of aluminum aerospace structures by employing an ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) process.

Bluetooth technology ushers in new era of technological advancement

A COMPANY creating Bluetooth devices to help the mining industry run more efficiently is expanding its technology for use in everyday life.

New technology, automation to help miners survive commodity prices rout

When the worst collapse of commodity prices in nearly two decades finally ends, mining companies left standing probably will have more robots on their side.

EPA says Colorado mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals into river

The report didn’t identify the metals but said researchers were looking at cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc.

UK scientists develop new method to find copper deposits

Technique likely to become an inexpensive way to uncover rich copper deposits.

US scientists figure cost-effective way to extract rare earths from coal

The new mineral processing technique also makes the extraction environmentally friendly.

Luxembourg joins race to conquer space mining

The move comes only three months after U.S. President Barack Obama signed a space exploitation law.