Mining Technology News

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 says demerger preferred option

The company revealed it will take four years to trial a processing method it hopes will help make the expansion profitable.

This cell phone was charged with apples, potatoes and copper wire

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 25, 2014
This cell phone was charged with apples, potatoes and copper wire

The functional art installation was created outside a shopping centre in London.

Scientists unveil hardest synthetic diamond ever made

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 15, 2014
Scientists unveil hardest synthetic diamond ever made

The new synthetic rock is harder than its natural counterpart and can withstand even higher temperatures.

Aussie scientists develop cost-effective way to treat mining wastewater

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 12, 2014
Aussie scientists develop cost-effective way to treat mining wastewater

The treated water can be either released to the environment or recycled back into the purifying plant.

Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2014
Germany to resume fracking by 2015 under tougher environmental norms

After a two-year moratorium,, Germany is ready to allow fracking and so reduce the country's dependency on Russian energy.

Liquid potash helps Canada control mussels plague

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 3, 2014
Liquid potash helps Canada control mussels plague

Zebra mussels reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain, clog water pipes and create algae.

Rio Tinto to launch virtual tour of its Canadian Diavik diamond mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2014
Rio Tinto to launch virtual tour of its Canadian Diavik diamond mine

The virtual reality headset will debut at the JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas.

Scientists find rare-earth-like magnetic properties in iron

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 26, 2014
Scientists find rare-earth-like magnetic properties in iron

Finding may provide a new and more available ingredient for manufacturing motors for hybrid and electric cars, as well as generators.

MIT developing platinum replacement

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 18, 2014
MIT developing platinum replacement

A team of scientists is working on a process to replace platinum-group metals (PGMs) with more widely available elements.

Copper-based experiment leads academic to find new way to treat cancer

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 18, 2014
Copper-based experiment leads academic to find new way to treat cancer

Physicist finds that when the copper-cysteamine complex he created in his lab was exposed to X-rays, it started emitting a toxic by-product that damages cancer cells.

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

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, calling it a "cruel hoax."

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
mining-and-other-human-activities-hurting-coral-reefs-causing-sea-life-extinction

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.

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