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  • A high-resolution photo of the Sun.

    Nuclear fusion breakthrough confirmed

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 26, 2022

    A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion has been confirmed by the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, little over a year since the lab successfully achieved 1.3 megajoules of energy for a fraction of a second. After a year of painstaking work, the NIF has published its work in three peer-review papers. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the Sun and other stars. Heavy hydrogen atoms collide with enough force that they fuse...

  • A 3D rending of neurons firing through the brain.

    Computer synapses fire with graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered the potential of using the super material graphene to develop synaptic transistors for brain-like computers. For most traditional computing devices, silicon remains the gold standard. However, there have long been attempts to use more flexible, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly materials for transistors. Computers that function like the human brain are inching closer to mainstream adoption, yet...

  • NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover selfie over a rock nicknamed Rochette.

    Transforming Mars dirt into metallic iron

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Food, water, breathable air, shelter, and clothing – these fundamental elements of human survival here on Earth will be even more critical for early Mars colonists. With delivery fees measured in millions of dollars and wait times for rush orders being at least six months, Red Planet pioneers are going to need to be able to produce their own survival goods. Researchers at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia are developing a process that co-produces two of t... Full story

  • The MAPP rover made by Lunar Outpost will be used to mine the Moon.

    Robots to clear the way for moon landings

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Colorado School of Mines, Lunar Outpost work on NASA project The Center for Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines and Lunar Outpost has been selected to carry out the Autonomous Site Preparation: Excavation, Compaction and Testing (ASPECT) project; part of NASA's larger Lunar Surface Technology Research (LuSTR) program that is preparing for the eventuality that Man will be living, working, and traveling frequently to and from the Moon. As one of only three...

  • Stacks of boxes storing drill core at the Turnagain nickel project in BC.

    Mitsubishi invests in BC nickel project

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into a deal to gain a foothold in a potential nickel-cobalt mine at Giga Metals Corp.'s Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Best known for manufacturing automobiles, Mitsubishi is involved with a broad spectrum of businesses including industrial materials and mineral resources. The Turnagain project offers this diversified company a potential carbon-neutral source of the nickel and cobalt that are in...

  • Rendering of an astronaut working at a futuristic forge on the Moon.

    Latest NASA challenge tackles Moon forging

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 16, 2022

    NASA's eighth annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge invites university students to design a metal production pipeline – from extracting metal from minerals to creating structures and tools – for the Moon. "Here at home, forging metal has long been a key part of building our homes and infrastructure, and the same holds true as we work towards a sustained presence on the Moon," said Niki Werkheiser, director of technology maturation within NAS...

  • Fleet Space Technologies’ Centauri 4 low earth orbit satellite above Earth.

    Space-borne mineral exploration is here

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

    Fleet Space launches avant-garde satellite geophysics tech As many space exploration companies begin to investigate the vast mineral potential of asteroids, moons, and planets within our solar system, Fleet Space Technologies is leveraging the vantage of space to explore Earth for the $13 trillion worth of minerals and metals that are estimated to be needed over the next two decades to build the clean energy future. To accomplish this, Fleet's ExoSphere system utilizes a... Full story