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Scientists report graphene breakthroughs

The explosion of scientific research into the properties and potential benefits of graphene since the material was first identified nearly two decades ago continues to yield substantial results.... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
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Graphite plays key role in COVID tests

The furious pace of scientific and academic research into ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 and other highly infectious diseases is yielding impressive results this summer. Researchers say... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

 
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Westerners chase scandium production

Scandium, one of 35 minerals identified as being critical to future production of high-tech and industrial technologies in the West, is seeing a surge in mining and extraction activity in... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
Canada Silver Cobalt Works EV batteries electric vehicles Re-2Ox recycling REE

Junior seeks to recycle EV batteries

Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. has developed an innovative extraction process designed to economically remove and recycle various minerals and metals from spent electric vehicle batteries. The... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
UC Berkeley Adam Uliana desalination technology water purification extraction

Method can filter metals out of water

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley reported April 17 the discovery of a method for simplifying the removal of toxic metals such as mercury and boron to produce clean water,... — Updated 4/27/2021 Full story

 
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Shape memory metal gets new job on Mars

Two metals, nickel and titanium, come together in a unique alloy that is gaining popularity in new applications, including in outer space. Known as "nitinol," this high-demand metal is prized for... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
Thermoelectric generator TEG University of Colorado Boulder wearables

New device turns the body into a battery

While thermoelectric generators are proving useful in a growing number of modern applications, ranging from electric vehicles to spacecraft, a new potential use for the technology has emerged... — Updated 2/24/2021 Full story

 
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Zinc-infused mask fights coronavirus

Among a growing number of facial masks infused with minerals that innovators around the globe have brought to the market in recent months to help stop the spread of the coronavirus infection,... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
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Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including... — Updated 12/22/2020 Full story

 
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Teck tests copper's antiviral powers

In recent years, Teck Resources Ltd. has been working with healthcare officials around the world to bring copper to the frontlines in the urgent fight against bacteria and viruses harmful to the... — Updated 12/1/2020 Full story

 
MIT scientists change optical electrical conductivity of diamonds with strain

Diamonds can act like metals in devices

Diamonds are well known as the hardest minerals on earth. The sparkling gemstones also are exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators. Now, an international team of researchers says... — Updated 11/3/2020 Full story

 
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Silver will play key role in 5G rollout

While rising gold prices are dominating the headlines, silver is quietly experiencing its own explosion in demand. The growing appetite for the lustrous, white metal stems in part from its use in... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
Swiss researchers titanium nanowire filter paper mask UV radiation covid-19

Titanium dioxide drafted in COVID fight

Researchers in a Swiss laboratory have developed a membrane made of titanium oxide nanowires with antibacterial and antiviral properties. The membrane, which resembles filter paper, may be used in... — Updated 8/25/2020 Full story

 
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Zinc makes in-roads in batteries market

While debate rages over whether lithium-ion and vanadium reflow energy storage systems will usher in the next wave of power generation, another technology, batteries that store energy using zinc,... — Updated 8/12/2020 Full story

 
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Researchers develop metal eating robots

Mankind's use of minerals has evolved over the eons hand-in-hand with innovation. From the first crude fire starters and simple machines to the evolving wonders of the Information Age, human... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
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Vanadium fuels growing demand for VRFBs

Vanadium, which is in high demand today for its ability to strengthen steel alloys – specifically for manufacturing high-strength, low alloy rebar used in earthquake-resistant construction... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
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Rare earth metals see new medical uses

While the importance of rare earth metals is widely acknowledged in manufacturing sophisticated devices for use in space, defense, clean, green and consumer technologies, the increasingly... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 

Scientists look to coal for REE solution

As security concerns mount over the nearly total reliance of the United States on foreign sources of rare earth elements, mostly from China, researchers in public and private laboratories across t... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
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Canada boasts substantial REE resources

Rare earth elements in Canada have recaptured the spotlight now that the United States has entered a new alliance with its northern neighbor to develop robust supply chains for critical minerals... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski American Energy Innovations Act

Energy legislation stalls in US Senate

The American Energy Innovations Act, legislation hailed as Congress' best chance to modernize the nation's energy policies in more than 12 years, bogged down in the U.S. Senate in early March afte... — Updated 6/26/2020 Full story

 

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