The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the April 28, 2021 edition


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  • Exyn Technologies autonomous drone Level 4 autonomy Nader Elm Jason Derenick

    Exyn makes history with first level 4 UAV

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

    Exyn Technologies Inc. is the first company in the world to achieve a level 4 autonomous drone, the most sophisticated aerial robotics system capable of free-flight exploration without the need for fallback-ready human operators. According to the standards set by the automotive industry – and recently updated by Exyn experts for aerial applications – an overview of autonomy levels is categorized from levels 0 – 5. The Levels of Aerial Autonomy Version 1.0 are: • Level 0 – No a... Full story

  • UC Berkeley Adam Uliana desalination technology water purification extraction

    Method can filter metals out of water

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    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, while at the same time potentially capturing valuable metals, such as gold. The research targets improvements in treatments currently applied either before or after desalination – the removal of salt – in the process of producing drinkable water, or water for agriculture or industry, fro...

  • Boston Dynamics robotics Spot Colorado School of Mines Hau Zhang Ontario

    Spot is the golden retriever of mine data

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot has the agility, perseverance, and skills to be a miner's best friend by taking over the risky and mundane mining tasks. Spot is already carrying out patrolling duties at mines around the globe and the Colorado School of Mines recently unboxed its own robot dog. "We have never had a robot that is so agile, that is so well designed, that can do a lot of things just out of the box," said Hau Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of... Full story

  • Texas Mineral Resources Lisa Murkowski Republican Senators Alaska REE bill

    Alaska Sen introduces critical mineral bill

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Seeking to bolster America's critical mineral supply chain, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced legislation that tackles the notoriously long permitting process in the United States. "America's reliance on foreign countries for the production and recycling of our critical minerals is a vulnerability to our national security, a disadvantage to our economy, and a hindrance to our global competitiveness. Unfortunately, the current federal permitting and review process...

  • REE cooperative Marco Rubio Republican Senators David McKinley Lloyd Austin

    US lawmakers push for REE cooperative

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Congressman David McKinley, R- West Virginia, along with 12 other U.S. lawmakers, are urging the Biden administration to develop domestic metallurgical capabilities for the separation and processing of rare earth elements to end America's dependence on China for this critical supply chain. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the lawmakers wrote, "China's monopoly of the rare earth value chain is a significant... Full story

  • Zinc8 Energy Solutions zinc-air energy storage system Ron MacDonald ZESS

    Zinc8 may hold future for cloud providers

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada-based company Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. made a recent announcement that it has signed a US$200,000 contract with a leading cloud storage provider to demonstrate its patented zinc-air energy storage system. Zinc8's groundbreaking energy storage system, which utilizes an ingenious method of using zinc and oxygen to store energy, won the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Innovation Challenge, which resulted in a contract for a large installation of the system in New York...

  • Nokia Claro Chile Salares Norte gold mine Gold Fields Minera LTE 4.9G network

    Nokia and Claro deploy Chilean network

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Nokia April 22 announced the deployment of a private LTE/4.9G wireless network for Minera Gold Fields, partnering with Claro Chile to equip the Salares Norte mine and transform the Chile-based operation into one of the most digitalized mines in Latin America. As part of its wireless solution, Nokia is providing a complete retrofit that includes AirScale radio, small cells, packet core, IP routers and NetAct network management system. In total, the network will connect 150...