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Articles from the January 15, 2020 edition

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  • AI machine learning for mineral exploration discovery

    Mining exploration becomes smarter with AI

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    A promising concept in the mining industry, utilizing the technology of artificial intelligence to accomplish never before dreamed of precision in mineral deposit discovery. While not an entirely new concept, as companies become more familiar with machine learning, the rate of success in its calculations can only grow. Finding buried lodes of metals that are economic to mines has become more difficult with time. If you examine the past twenty years of exploration expenditure... Full story

  • Rare earth elements China United States energy metals

    A tale of two rare earth countries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Unique, remarkable, magical and irreplaceable are some of the adjectives uses to describe rare earths – a group of 17 elements with names most of us have never heard of but have seemingly mystical magnetic, electrical and luminescent properties we use every day. "There are literally hundreds of uses for rare earths – they are unique materials, almost alchemistical magic," said Michael Silver, CEO of American Elements, a Los Angeles-based distributor of rare earths and tho... Full story

  • Lithium brine mine lithium-ion battery supply Argentina

    Plenty of lithium to go around for now

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Half as dense as water, lithium is the lightest of all metals. Because it is highly reactive, however, it would not work to make super buoyant boats. Instead, this metal believed to be one of only three elements created with any abundance during the Big Bang (the other two being hydrogen and helium) has found a use that takes advantage of both its light weight and reactiveness – lithium-ion batteries. "Lithium consumption for batteries has increased significantly in recent y...

  • High speed wireless networks in mines autonomous mining equipment

    Miners get connected, fly into 2020

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    When it comes to emerging mining technologies, high-speed wireless networks and drones are the top investment choices of companies seeking to discover new deposits and mine them more efficiently. A recent survey by GlobalData, a London, England-based analytics and research firm, found that 61 percent of mine sites around the globe have already made significant investments in fully implemented mine communication systems, such as private LTE networks or 5G. This is up from...

  • Silver used for black and white photography

    Illustrious past, bright future for silver

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    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 ever mined by man, though it is rarely found in native form, it is often a byproduct of copper smelting. Being shiny, soft and malleable, it was ideal for hammering out into thin strips that could be used in decoration. Silver has one drawback, it oxidizes and tarnishes. Silver...

  • New all-electric Mini Cooper makes debut

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    BMW Group is rolling out its new Mini Cooper SE, an all-electric version of this popular urban cruiser that is all about locally emission-free mobility. Powered by a 135-kilowatt, 184-horsepower electric motor, the new Mini Cooper SE accelerates from zero to 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds and from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.3 seconds. Its space-saving high-voltage lithium-ion battery, located in the vehicle floor, enables a range of 235 to 270...

  • Drones gold mineral exploration Yukon Territory Canada

    Drones set new heights for mining industry

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Companies have begun using drones in many industries around the world. One of the most interesting is the effectiveness of drones in the mining industry. The economic benefits of drones are becoming more obvious as industry experts focus on specific problems drones may be able to solve. Drones have proven to be particularly well-suited for discovering new mineral deposits, as well as safely and efficiently tackling some of the tough tasks around operating mines. These...