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Deep Space asteroid mining University of Adelaide flow mineral process

Space miners may need to go with the flow

It is no secret that over the last couple of decades, mining in Australia has increased to the point that it is a world-class provider of resources and the technologies to extract them. Fields once thought... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

Swiss researchers create 18 carat gold polymer light gold foam

Swiss scientists create lightweight gold

If you have ever gone jewelry shopping, one of the first things that you notice when you pick up a gold ring or necklace, is its weight. Your brain is tuned to gravity and the weight of gold is... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

NASA moon orbiter discovers iron titanium metals for lunar base development

NASA probe identifies shallow moon metals

As NASA continues to prepare for mankind to set foot on the moon again in 2024, nearly fifty years after the last Apollo mission, unmanned missions continue to reveal more about our closest neighbor and... — Updated 7/10/2022

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Is a metals shortage apocalypse coming?

Over the last few decades, as technology has advanced and metal resources have been consumed, there have been predictions that we will use up our reserves of metals, especially those critical to modern... — Updated 7/10/2022

Antibacterial silver prevent spread of diseases such as coronavirus MRSA flu

Silver bullet for COVID-19, other monsters

If your buddy is bitten by a werewolf or vampire and infected, myth, legends and pop culture say the cure is silver. Whether it is a silver bullet through the heart or skin searing silver to keep your... — Updated 7/2/2022

Hydrothermal black smoker vent in ocean emits metal laden sulfide fluids

Mining goes 20,000 leagues under the sea

Reminiscent of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a small submersible scours the inky depths of the ocean, not in search of seams of coal, but towering spires created by thermal vents. The... — Updated 7/2/2022

Silver used for black and white photography

Illustrious past, bright future for silver

When you think of silver, you probably think of coins, jewelry and grandma's special silverware. For over five thousand years, that has been the primary use of silver. Silver was one of the first metals ev... — Updated 7/1/2022

Hayabusa 2 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Ryugu asteroid type-C

Hayabusa 2 to drop asteroid samples soon

Are we there yet? With only about 1.4 million miles to go, the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is about to finish its primary mission that has carried it over 3.25 billion miles so far! Even though it reached the... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story


Silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic

Over the last couple of months, as the world has gone into lockdown in an effort to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a few amazing things. First, we have seen the resilience of... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

Space asteroid mining precious critical tech metals

Space, the final frontier for mining

Space, the final frontier... No, this isn't the opening credits of Star Trek; though that would be appropriate. Since man has set himself among the stars, he has wondered at the possibilities and the... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story


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