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Articles from the August 19, 2020 edition

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  • Semplasitcs Lab scientists create building materials from coal waste

    Turning coal waste into building treasure

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

    Florida-based Semplastics and its advanced materials division X-MAT dreams of building safer and more durable homes from the waste left behind by coal mining. "'One person's trash is another person's treasure' is a saying our team has taken to heart," said Bill Easter, founder of Semplastics. "We're working to create a circular economy where we take coal waste materials and turn them into something remarkable. We're already seeing great progress with prototypes." Semplastics'...

  • Machine learning AI minerals exploration Cassiar gold project BC

    GoldSpot AI turns up Cassiar gold targets

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

    GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. Aug. 18 reported that its collaboration with Margaux Resources Ltd. has turned up new gold targets on the Cassiar gold project in northwestern British Columbia. In May, the two companies announced that GoldSpot would be applying its proprietary machine learning techniques to analyze the extensive geological data that has been generated from decades of exploration and production at Cassiar. Working alongside Margaux' technical team, GoldSpot has...

  • EV electric vehicle motor drive demand for REE magnets

    EVs drive explosive REE magnet demand

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

    Rare earths and battery metals market expert Adamas Intelligence forecasts that demand for the magnet rare earths – neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium – will falter slightly this year due to COVID-19 before rising sharply over the balance of the decade. Electric vehicles, wind power generators, consumer appliances, cordless power tools, speakers and dozens of other modern devices benefit from the unmatched power and durability of rare earth magnets. A lessened demand for...

  • rapid xray gold silver assay technology that measures photons

    Rapid gold assay tech puts the heat on fire

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

    What if a mining company could find out how much gold is in a sample by simply crushing it, putting it in a jar and zapping it with x-ray? Chrysos Corp.'s PhotonAssay is able to do just that. Hitting samples with high-energy X-rays, Chrysos PhotonAssay causes excitation of atomic nuclei allowing enhanced analysis of gold, silver, and complementary elements in as little as two minutes. This provides the ability to carry out mine site and laboratory assays without the need for...

  • Graphene enhanced Directa Plus antiviral covid 19 coronavirus masks

    Graphene Plus infused masks kill COVID

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 2, 2020

    Italy-based Directa Plus says the coronavirus killing properties of its graphene-enhanced COVID-19 masks have been confirmed by scientists in Rome. Already independently certified as antiviral by ISO, an international standard-setting organization based in Switzerland, a mask with the company's Graphene Plus, or G+, antiviral graphene has been on sale since June. "Most of the other masks are currently not able to inactivate the virus but they are able to just decrease the... Full story