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Articles from the February 23, 2022 edition

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  • Exyn Technologies autonomous drone Alaska British Columbia GPS-denied mapping

    Exyn drones map Alaska, BC gold mines

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Whether exploring and mapping a historical underground mine for the first time since it was shuttered during World War II or generating more detailed maps of a modern operation, drones that navigate the labyrinth of ramps, declines, stopes, and other underground environs without reliance on the global positioning system or human guidance can make subterranean mine surveying safer, faster, and more accurate. Ascot Resources Ltd. and Northern Star Resources Ltd. are amongst the...

  • Starshot Alpha Centauri lightspeed travel solar sail Nano Letters spacecraft

    New design for Alpha Centauri light sail

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

    Liquid fuel rockets are adequate for jetting humans to the most popular destinations across our solar system in a reasonable amount of time – about three days to the Moon and six months to Mars. We, however, need a way of traveling near the speed of light to shave enough of the 75,000-year journey to get to Alpha Centauri, our closest solar system neighbor, in a human lifespan. This futuristic problem may be solved with one of humankind's earliest transportation t... Full story

  • DoD MP Materials Pentagon contract Mountain Pass California Mojave Desert REE

    Pentagon invests in heavy rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Part of a much larger critical minerals investment and strategy unveiled by the Biden administration on Feb. 22, the Pentagon has awarded MP Materials Corp. a $35 million contract to commercially separate and refine heavy rare earth elements at its Mountain Pass Mine. Located in California's Mojave Desert, Mountain Pass is currently the only mine in the United States that produces rare earths, a group of 17 elements critical to a wide array of technologies used for industrial...

  • nuclear fusion world record JET facility Joint European Torus tokamak energy

    Scientists break fusion power record

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The quest to generate clean energy like that produced inside our Sun and other stars moved a step closer to reality recently when scientists in the United Kingdom broke the record for power released in a sustained fusion reaction. In early February, scientists at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility reported producing 59 megajoules of energy over five seconds (11 megawatts of power) in a fusion reaction, more than doubling the previous record of 21.7 megajoules set in 1997...

  • Yukon Canada Minto Copper Belt Carmacks Granite Creek GoldSpot Discoveries AI

    Granite Creek prospects improve with AI

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    GoldSpot Discoveries Corp.'s machine learning analysis has confirmed and expanded upon the exploration target on Granite Creek Copper Ltd.'s Carmacks and Carmacks North properties in the high-grade Carmacks Copper Belt of Canada's Yukon. Late last year, Granite Creek expanded its land position within Yukon's Minto Copper Belt to 176 square kilometers (68 square miles). This merged land package includes the Carmacks deposit, which hosts 23.76 million metric tons of resources...

  • particle accelerator graphene laser ion acceleration study University Osaka

    Graphene key to laser ion acceleration

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Thanks to the superlative properties of graphene, researchers from the University of Osaka, in collaboration with the National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology, Kobe University, and the National Central University in Taiwan were able to achieve energetic ion acceleration. Typical particle acceleration works by using electric fields to speed up and increase the energy of a beam of particles, which are then steered and focused by magnetic fields. The beam of...

  • Zentek graphene antimicrobial mask COVID lithium-ion battery silicon anode

    Graphene shell to protect silicon anode

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

    Now that masks made with its patented ZENGuard antimicrobial graphene coating are being commercially produced, Zentek Ltd. is looking at other ways to leverage the superlative qualities of the graphene it produces to make the world a better place. This includes research into making better lithium batteries with graphene-coated silicon as the anode. As an anode material, silicon has shown the ability to have up to 10 times more storage capacity than the graphite that is... Full story

  • Graphite One technology fire suppressant retardant environmentally sound clean

    Graphite One-enhanced fire suppressant

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Feb 19, 2022

    Graphite One Inc. Feb. 15 reports that a more environmentally sound fire suppressing foam enhanced with advanced graphite material from its Graphite Creek deposit in western Alaska shows the potential to meet the United States' military firefighting standards. "While Graphite One's primary focus remains the production of lithium-ion battery anode grade material, our foam fire suppressant work is a prime example of the advanced graphite material opportunities in markets... Full story