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Articles from the July 29, 2020 edition

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  • Prospector portal ai mining exploration investment platform

    Prospector links investors to TMX miners

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

    A collaboration between Prospector, an emerging company that is elevating mining sector investment into the digital age, and TMX Datalinx, the information services division of TMX Group, will offer investors a one-stop shop for digging deeper into more than 1,100 mining and mineral exploration companies listed on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V). The brainchild of Emily King, a geologist and visionary with extensive mining industry...

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    Nokia presents 5G with Sandvik Mining

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

    With the announcement of Nokia's 5G standalone private wireless networks, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology have opted to employ Nokia's 5G SA private network at its Tampere test mine in Finland. Utilizing Nokia's Digital Automation Cloud – an industrial-grade digital automation service platform that provides a reliable, secure, and high performance private wireless network platform – this standalone 5G will be used to enhance communications and connectivity at this testing g...

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    Lynas moves forward on Texas REE plant

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

    Australia-based rare earths producer Lynas Corporation Ltd. is moving ahead with a U.S.-based heavy rare earth separation facility in Texas. In April, the U.S. Department of Defense indicated that it would award Lynas a contract for a facility that could produce heavy rare earths, which tend to be the least abundant but most highly prized of the 17 elements that fall into the REE category. According to Mining News sources, the Pentagon plans to fund up to two-thirds of the cos...

  • Zinc8 zinc air grid scale rechargeable electric storage batteries

    Zinc makes in-roads in batteries market

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

    While debate rages over whether lithium-ion and vanadium reflow energy storage systems will usher in the next wave of power generation, another technology, batteries that store energy using zinc, is moving into the market. Zinc batteries, especially the technology being marketed by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions, has attracted considerable attention in recent weeks with a new type of viable, lower-cost energy storage option for many large customers...

  • Grinder wheel wear indestructible Proteus aluminum ceramic

    Scientists engineer uncuttable Proteus

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

    An international research team from Europe, taking inspiration from nature, have devised a new aluminum-based material that turns the force of a cutting tool back onto itself. This new lightweight material - named Proteus, after the shape-changing god in mythology - is made of ceramic spheres encased in a cellular aluminum structure, that in tests could not be cut by angle grinders, drills and even high-pressure water jets. The research team, led by Durham University in the...

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    Is Elon Musk considering Tesla gigamines?

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 12, 2020

    Will gigamines be added to the front of the Tesla supply chain? While Elon Musk's offer of a "giant contract" to mining companies able to supply nickel suggests the Tesla CEO would rather not start his own mining division, subtle clues indicate that he is willing to, if needed. Musk says any bottlenecks along the entire lithium-ion battery supply chain, from mining and refining the metals that go into the batteries powering its EVs and renewable energy storage products to the... Full story

  • Antibacterial antiviral Dr. Copper coronavirus sink hand washing

    Copper has a role in battling COVID-19

    Don Lindsay, Teck Resources|Updated Aug 5, 2020

    For more than 10,000 years, copper has played numerous critical roles in human civilization. The red metal's pliability, conductivity and durability have seen it used in everything from early tools to plumbing to modern electronics. In fact, copper is now so ubiquitous that the health of the copper market is often a predictor of the health of the economy overall - a fact that has earned it the nickname "Doctor Copper." Today, as the world grapples with a pandemic, it turns out... Full story