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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Sandvik Coromant’s Impossible Statue displayed in an empty warehouse.

Sandvik, AI "sculpt" impossible statue

Inspired by some of history's greatest artistic geniuses, one company sought to emulate these peerless masters through the use of artificial intelligence. With the help of AI, coupled with its own... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Rendering of layers of 2D materials sparking electricity between them.

Superconductive 2D germanium transistor

Developing on another element to the growing list of two-dimensional materials, researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have demonstrated that germanene, a 2D material made of... — Updated 6/7/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
A KAUST researcher displays first 2D microchip with multicolored surface.

World's first 2D microchip is a success

Marking the first of its kind and possibly the beginning of the next generation of computing, researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have designed and... — Updated 6/6/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
The newest graphene headphones by Logitech in black and white.

Esports welcomes PRO graphene headset

Introducing the next generation of audio experience, global computer accessory and software company Logitech recently revealed its Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming headset. What sets these... — Updated 5/31/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Microscopic picture of gallium nitride nanopillars on a silicon sheet.

Researchers solve heat-to-electricity loss

200-year-old discovery offers breakthrough in thermoelectric sustainability. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and collaboration with the University of Colorado, have... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senator Mark Kelly at Arizona Spoke.

DOE secretary, senator visit Arizona Spoke

Following recent visits by heads of state such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to its lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Ontario,... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A truck driving into a larger cavern from a tunnel underground.

Maptek reveals smart eyes for dark mines

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term tunnel vision, Maptek PTY Ltd. recently announced the introduction of its latest underground proximity detection, VisionV2X. Operating out of Sydney since 1981,... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A huge hill made up of coal refuse near Indiana, Pennsylvania.

DOE proffers critical materials marketplace

Latest RFI for unconventional sources and possible desire for critical minerals "matchmaking." Much like its requests for information on clean energy projects, lithium recycling, and critical minerals,... — Updated 5/22/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An aerial shot of Glencore's Portovesme metallurgical complex in Italy.

Li-Cycle, Glencore to build Italian Hub

Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. announced the signing of a letter of intent with Glencore plc, one of the world's largest natural resource companies, to jointly study the feasibility and eventual development of... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Man holding small vials of various rare earths processed with ISR technology.

Geomega consolidates ISR tech operations

Foreseeing a green technologies hub emerging in the southeastern regions of Canada, Geomega Resources Inc. is centralizing all its operations into a single larger location within the town of Saint-Hubert,... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum microstructure with multicolored grains looks like stained glass.

National lab reshapes recycled aluminum

In a renewable technology breakthrough, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with leading mobility technology company Magna, has unveiled a process that reshap... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Four vials of rare earths precipitate after Cyclic Materials’ treatment.

Cyclic Materials REEs for circular economy

Despite what their name may suggest, the suite of 15 elements known as rare earths is not all that scarce. One thing that is hard to come by, however, is technology up to the difficult task of efficiently... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Two technicians inside the NIF ignition chamber for cleaning and maintenance.

Fusion energy technology gets DOE funding

Forever scribed in the annals of scientific achievement, the U.S. Inertial Confinement Fusion program supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration has produced not one but two significant brea... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Black schist material bioleached at Talvivaara Sotkamo Mine in Finland.

Earth's tiniest miners help environment

Similar to some International Space Station experiments for mining in space, the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario has been using microorganisms as an environmentally friendly means of breaking... — Updated 5/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Electra Battery Materials refinery in northern Ontario, Canada.

Electra shakes hands with Three Fires Group

Leading through example, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint venture focused on the recycling of... — Updated 5/5/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Daisy is Apple's disassembly robot at the Material Recovery Lab in Texas.

Apple to use 100% recycled cobalt by 2025

Tech giant is also boosting recycled rare earths, gold, and tin going into Apple products. As a technology giant at the vanguard of the green transition, Apple Inc. is accelerating its work to expand... — Updated 4/26/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A projection of a dolphin reflected off zinc oxide nanoparticles.

Tighter hologram lights with nano zinc

Researchers out of China and Singapore have discovered that zinc oxide nanoparticles may be the secret to finally achieving high-resolution 3D holograms that are often promised in science fiction but yet... — Updated 4/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Executives posing for three-way memorandum of understanding.

Companies sign agreement for future fuel

In an interesting turn, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. has signed a three-way memorandum of understanding with SK ecoplant Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Engineering Co. to conduct research and development for... — Updated 4/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prototype oxygen-ion battery made with ceramic and lanthanum.

Air to power future long storage batteries

While lithium-ion batteries have become omnipresent for nearly all portable energy needs, we have quickly found that they are ultimately limited in what they are capable of. Enter Vienna University of Tech... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Artistic rendering of electrons bending in new quantum material.

Scientists curve atoms in fabric of space

Throwing a curveball at the scientific community, an international team of researchers headed by the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has designed a quantum material that allows the control of electrons... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The XSPEE3D mobile metal 3D printer is built into a typical shipping container.

British Army to deploy SPEE3D print tech

When examining additive manufacturing solutions, the military requires technology that can quickly produce parts from well-known metal alloys to address real-time needs and in the field wherever armed serv... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rendering of a future EnergyX facility to facilitate renewable energy tech.

General Motors backs EnergyX lithium tech

Already pushing the boundaries of portable energy storage technology through its development of solid-state batteries, Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. or EnergyX, announced a US$50 million funding... — Updated 4/19/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of carbon-like atoms overlaid like a grid, representing graphene.

Graphene sets magnetoresistivity record

A research team at The University of Manchester led by Nobel Prize-winning Professor Andre Geim has discovered yet another superlative capability for graphene. Materials that strongly change their... — Updated 4/18/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Scanning electron micrograph of MXene particle about 10 micrometers in size.

MXene spray coating makes temp control

An international team of researchers led by Drexel University has found that a thin coating of MXene could enhance a material's ability to trap or shed heat. The discovery, which is tied to the 2D... — Updated 4/18/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Stacks of reclaimed rare earths from Phoenix Tailings’ technology.

Phoenix Tailings' first US REE refinery

Highly promising startup reveals first commercial-scale rare earth element refinery in the US. Rising from the ashes, an American startup that was early in the field of rare earth element separation,... — Updated 4/4/2023 Full story


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