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Scientists closer to producing safer and longer-lasting lithium battery

Using a 3-D layer of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), or silicone, reduces dendrite growth, which makes batteries safer and longer-lasting.

NORCAT unveils new technologies to support the future of work and learning in mining

Over the past three years, NORCAT has engaged multiple stakeholders in the global mining industry to better understand the future of work and learning and how technology will support training and development to ensure mine workers are both safe and productive while on the job.   The launch will feature NORCAT’s augmented reality (AR) firefighting training simulator and a demonstration of NORCAT’s virtual reality (VR) induction training program for both surface and underground mining operations.

NORCAT launches new experiential training and development programs for the global mining industry

These new programs, which will provide opportunities for both new and existing workers, were developed based on feedback from NORCAT’s global mining partners that identified the need to provide workers with the skills and confidence to implement, operate, and manage emerging technologies that are being adopted by and transforming the global mining industry. 

SRK’s high-tech engineering chart way to better mining

The digital age holds out great opportunities for mining companies to reduce risk and improve safety and profitability; SRK Consulting (SA) chairman William Joughin gave delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba a taste of what is already being achieved.

These five technologies will shake up the mining industry in 2018

In the last few years of companies being forced into more cost-saving and efficiency measures have naturally bred innovation.

Canadian miners want to launch clean resources supercluster

They hope to receive $200 million in government funding.

The Drivers of Innovation in the Mining Sector

At the height of the downturn in 2014 depressed commodity prices threatened corporate profits, impelled mine closures, put shareholder returns in peril and undermined capital budgets. This combined with decreasing ore grades, deeper deposits and […]

Thousands of balls to counteract drought effects at mining sites

To prevent liquids from evaporating, Exma proposes the use of a floating cover system composed of plastic balls

The world’s largest miner wants more action on carbon capture

BHP Billiton says more help is needed from both governments and industry to promote the adoption of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

Coal-fired power plant in India makes baking soda out of carbon dioxide

System uses a new proprietary solvent that is reportedly slightly more efficient than those used conventionally, requiring less energy and smaller equipment.

Here’s how lab created diamonds are made

Technological leaps have allowed companies to create large numbers of gem-quality stones inexpensively, but very few know how they are really made.

Data contained in diamonds could stay there forever too

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

The mining community now has its own social media site — PeopleMine

PeopleMine seeks to connect individuals who work, or aim to do so, in the resources sector.

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.

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.

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.

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.