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Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt,... — Updated 1/23/2023

Aerial view of the proposed Statevolt lithium battery plant near the Salton Sea.

Statevolt secures So-Cal gigafactory site

Acquires land for EV battery factory in Lithium Valley. After months of searching for the ideal locale for a gigafactory capable of producing enough lithium-ion batteries for 650,000 electric... — Updated 1/24/2023

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility... — Updated 1/17/2023

A two-story-tall white Liebherr T 264 truck parked in a mine pit.

Massive Fortescue mining truck battery

1.4 MWh battery designed by WAE for Liebherr haul truck charges in only 30 minutes. Australian iron ore miner Fortescue has received what is likely the largest electric vehicle battery in the... — Updated 1/24/2023

A conveyor belt transports ore to the surface at an underground mine.

Storing renewable energy in old mines

Can old mines be repurposed as giant batteries for cost-effective and long-term storage of renewable energy? A peer-reviewed paper by a team of researchers led by the International Institute for... — Updated 1/17/2023

Graphic of MIT's seed pocket technology on silicon wafers for 2D materials.

2D materials shift Moore's Law paradigm

Struggling to overcome the inevitable shortcomings of miniaturizing digital technologies due to the inherent limits of silicon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have potentially... — Updated 1/24/2023

The front of BMW's next-generation of EVs or NEUE KLASSE.

BMW committed to solid-state batteries

Deepens alliance with Solid Power to commercialize next-gen cell tech. Under an expanded joint development agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a... — Updated 1/25/2023

Lasers shooting into space at the Very Large Telescope in Antofagasta, Chile.

Researchers make first macro tractor beam

Chinese scientists' success crosses threshold that has opened way for grabbing tech. Despite their influence on science fiction and even the occasional conspiracy theory, tractor beams, in... — Updated 1/25/2023

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