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Articles from the June 7, 2023 edition

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  • Closeup of columns filled with liquids needed to separate rare earth elements.

    DOD invests in Ucore's rare earths tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    Pentagon invests $4M to test and boost readiness level of RapidSX separation tech. To help break America's dependence on China for the rare earth elements that go into modern military hardware, the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Ucore Rare Metals Inc. US$4 million to demonstrate the capabilities of its RapidSX rare earths separation technology. Developed by Ucore subsidiary Innovation Metals Corp., RapidSX is a faster and more environmentally sound technological...

  • Milky Way lights up the night sky above a mining truck at a Chilean copper mine.

    BHP, Microsoft partner on mining tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    Azure AI, machine learning and cloud tech unlock value at largest copper mine in the world. In a move toward the digital mines of the future, mining giant BHP has forged a partnership with computing giant Microsoft to improve copper recovery at the Escondida mine in Chile. "We expect the next big wave in mining to come from the advanced use of digital technologies," said BHP Chief Technical Officer Laura Tyler. Churning out more than 1 million metric tons of copper per year,... Full story

  • Ford Lightning electric truck under bright lights for final inspection.

    Ford strengthens battery partnerships

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2023

    Ford Motor Company has stepped up critical metals acquisition, forging still more relationships with the likes of battery metal miners and developers and bringing the automotive manufacturer closer to its target of producing an annual run rate of two million electric vehicles globally by the end of 2026. In May, Ford and leading U.S. lithium miner Albemarle formed a partnership for the supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide to scale up the automaker's EV production....

  • Colorful artistic rendering, reminiscent of Van Gough, of mining trucks.

    Unlocking transparency with Onyen

    Laurie M Clark|Updated Jun 13, 2023

    Amidst the growing concern over climate change, companies find themselves navigating treacherous waters of reputation and finance. The lack of comprehensive climate-related information following the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations can result in reputational and financial risks for companies. This may include decreased investor confidence, higher borrowing costs, and increased regulatory scrutiny. In order to mitigate these risks,...

  • A KAUST researcher displays first 2D microchip with multicolored surface.

    World's first 2D microchip is a success

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 6, 2023

    Marking the first of its kind and possibly the beginning of the next generation of computing, researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have designed and demonstrated the world's first 2D microchip using synthetic materials. Since the first fabrication of atomically thin layers of graphite, graphene, in 2004, there has been intense interest in such materials for advanced and novel applications due to their exotic and promising...

  • The newest graphene headphones by Logitech in black and white.

    Esports welcomes PRO graphene headset

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 31, 2023

    Introducing the next generation of audio experience, global computer accessory and software company Logitech recently revealed its Logitech G PRO X 2 LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming headset. What sets these headphones apart from the rest? Graphene. "The core philosophy of the Logitech G PRO series is about creating gear that meets the demanding needs of professional esports athletes and competitive gamers," said Chris Pate, principal product manager, Logitech G PRO Series. "With...