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 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
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Perseverance is a well-equipped geologist

The long-term exploration and colonization of Mars will not be able to rely on the expense of rocketing goods beyond the gravitational pull of Earth and then another 171 million miles to the Red... — Updated 4/14/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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Rio Tinto recovering lithium from Boron

Recovering scandium from its iron-titanium mine in Quebec, tellurium from the Kennecott copper mine in Utah, and now lithium from its Boron mine in California, Rio Tinto is leveraging its... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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Nouveau maps carbon-neutral forever plan

Toward its mission to "produce the greenest advanced graphite materials with a carbon-neutral footprint for a sustainable world," Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., has laid out a plan that not only... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
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A brief evolutionary history of silver

Typically thought of as a glimmery precious metal used to make coins, bullion, jewelry, and other shiny objects, silver's true value lies in more industrious properties that make it invaluable to... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
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ZEN supports Canada graphene mask recall

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. said it supports Health Canada's recent precautionary recall of face masks that contain graphene, a 2D material that has been proven highly effective at killing viruses... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
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Group 5 metals improve First Solar panels

First Solar Inc. is leveraging the power of Group 5 elements to nearly eliminate the degradation of its newest generation of photovoltaic solar panels. Group 5 refers to vanadium, niobium, tantalu... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
ZEN Graphene Trebor Rx Health Canada Nucro-Technics ZENGuard PPE COVID-19

ZEN, Trebor answer Health Canada request

ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. and Trebor Rx Corp. have submitted additional information requested by Health Canada in regard to a recent precautionary recall of face masks treated with graphene.... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
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Experts urge swift UK tech metals strategy

Critical materials experts from the University of Birmingham are urging the United Kingdom to take quick action to ensure Britain has a stable supply of technology-critical metals essential for... — Updated 4/12/2021 Full story

 
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Stratton will buy all First Cobalt product

In another step toward its overarching goal to deliver battery grade cobalt into the North American electric vehicles market, First Cobalt Corp. has signed a flexible, long-term, offtake... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
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Rugged solid state lidar system for mining

From mapping prospective ground for mineral exploration to guiding autonomous ore hauling trucks, lidar has emerged as an invaluable tool to the global mining sector. For any technology to be... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
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Another Vital REE milestone at Nechalacho

Reaching another major milestone on its path to being Canada's first rare earths producer, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun mining at its Nechalacho REE project in Northwest Territories. A... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
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BMW secures $335M of lithium from Livent

In a move to secure the lithium needed to power its e-mobility aspirations, BMW Group has entered into a deal with Livent Corp. to supply roughly US$335 million (285 million euros) worth of this... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
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Ontario First Nation eyes lithium plant

Taking another step toward contributing lithium to a battery metals hub in Ontario, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Fort William First Nation to... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
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VW puts the Volt in Volkswagen of America

When a global automaker changes a name that has been a symbol emblazoned upon its American automobiles for more than 65 years in favor of a moniker emblematic of its electric vehicle future,... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
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Syrah installs furnace at US anode plant

Syrah Resources Ltd. has installed the furnace at its Vidalia plant in Louisiana, the final component needed to begin upgrading graphite mined at its Balama operation in Mozambique into the... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
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RecycLiCo going into Italian gigafactory

American Manganese Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to develop a lithium-ion battery cathode recycling facility alongside a battery gigafactory being developed in Italy by Italvolt.... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
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Graphene shows promise in superbug fight

Laboratory tests indicate that a small dose of a graphene compound developed by ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. is highly effective in fighting antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, including... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
Schlumberger New Energy NeoLith lithium brine extraction low-carbon Nevada

Schlumberger delves into lithium mining

Best known for delivering technological solutions to the oil and gas sectors for more than 100 years, Schlumberger has formed Schlumberger New Energy, a new division focused on low-carbon and... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
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High grade Alces Lake gallium confirmed

A new round of analysis and testing has further confirmed amazingly high grades of gallium associated with the high-grade rare earth zones at Appia Energy Corp.'s Alces Lake property in northern... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story

 
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GM advances Ultium lithium-metal battery

In its push to get "everybody in" on its transition to electric vehicles, General Motors is working closely with SolidEnergy Systems to accelerate the development of a next-generation Ultium... — Updated 3/23/2021 Full story

 
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VW places $14B Northvolt battery order

As part of a strategy to significantly lower the cost, improve the performance, and minimize the environmental footprint of batteries going into its expanding line-up of electric vehicles in... — Updated 3/21/2021 Full story

 
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Canada publishes critical minerals catalog

Canada thinks about critical minerals differently than the United States and European Union. While its Western counterparts have put together shopping lists of the critical raw materials that are... — Updated 3/17/2021 Full story

 
Teck Resources antimicrobial antibacterial copper TransLink SkyTrain Vancouver

Copper kills bacteria on transit surfaces

Coating high-touch public transit surfaces with a layer of copper is a highly effective way to kill bacteria on busses, subways, trains, and other metropolitan transport, according to the results... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
RecycLiCo American Manganese Kemetco Research rare earth battery recycling plant

Another step in commercializing RecycLiCo

American Manganese Inc. has awarded Kemetco Research Inc., a leading metallurgical laboratory based in British Columbia, C$2.7 million to develop a 500-kilogram-per-day demonstration recycling... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Exyn Technologies automated drones PDAC

Glimpse of mining future unveiled at PDAC

The future of automated underground mining – where drones self-navigate through a labyrinth of underground mine workings and send back high-accuracy 3D data that can be used to guide autonomous... — Updated 3/11/2021 Full story

 

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