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Articles from the August 30, 2023 edition

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  • Two suited crew members collect rock samples from the moon’s surface.

    Mining and manufacturing on the Moon

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    NASA has selected the geology team for the Artemis III moon flight, the first crewed lunar landing mission since the Apollo missions over 50 years ago. The astrogeology team will help plan geological investigations for the Artemis crew, which includes the first woman, first man of color, and first Canadian on a moon mission. Led by Brett Denevi of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland, the Artemis III geology team is working with NASA to determine the...

  • Artist rendering of future Missouri Protoplex.

    Missouri S&T takes charge of supply chain

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

    Show-Me State now shows US; developing hub for innovation, education to support holistic manufacturing. Due to ongoing difficulties in the supply chain, Kummer Institute's Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Missouri University of Science and Technology decided to ignore the chain altogether and purchase a large-format metal 3D printer from SPEE3D for its future manufacturing campus to support local business by giving them the environment and education to make on their own....

  • A laboratory flask labeled aesthetic acid half full of a clear liquid.

    Researchers work to trap CO2 emissions

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 6, 2023

    As researchers around the world race to develop more efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, several recent breakthroughs hold promise for slowing the pace of global climate change. The pressing need to combat the ongoing climate crisis and reduce CO2 emissions has driven researchers to explore carbon capture and utilization since the late 20th century. As the challenge of carbon capture looms, various attempts to store excess carbon dioxide...

  • Ucore executive and four US embassy staff in Canada wearing safety glasses.

    US Embassy staff tour Ucore's REE plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    The strategic importance of Ucore Rare Metal Inc.'s RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology was underscored by a recent tour of the company's commercial demonstration plant in Kingston, Ontario. "This visit underscores the significance of our work in the rare earth minerals sector and highlights our dedication to pioneering eco-friendly resource solutions," said Ucore Rare Metals COO Mike Schrider. The RapidSX technology being demonstrated at the Ontario plant is a...

  • A loaded truck emerges from the underground mine portal at Roseberry.

    MMG installs driver fatigue alert system

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    Mining company installs Hexagon’s operator alert system to monitor for signs of fatigue at underground mine in Tasmania. To enhance the safety of mining truck operators carrying out repetitive tasks over long shifts, global base metals miner MMG Ltd. had Hexagon's MineProtect Operator Alertness System installed in 11 underground trucks at its Roseberry zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver mine in Tasmania, Australia. "Our number one value is we always think safety first, and nothing i...

  • Artist rendering of at RIINO monorail hauling rocks up a steep mining slope.

    MICA funds for Sudbury mining innovators

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    $2.1M awarded to three companies advancing tech for more sustainable, productive mining The Greater Sudbury region of Ontario is so enriched with deposits containing nickel and other metals needed for the clean energy transition that one of the area's parliamentary districts is named Nickel Belt. Looking to also be an epicenter of sustainable mining technologies, Marc Serré, member of parliament for Nickel Belt, and Viviane Lapointe, member of parliament for the neighboring... Full story

  • Rare Earth Salts 50,000-square-foot headquarters in Nebraska.

    America's heartland supplies domestic REEs

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    With the technology and facilities already in place, Rare Earth Salts Separations and Refining LLC has stepped up to bat for the first fully domestic U.S. supply of critical rare earth elements by announcing the production and sale of its high-purity terbium and yttrium from recycled feedstock. Founded in 2012 by Rare Earth Salts Chief Technology Officer Joseph Brewer, his goal was to address the global need for a cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly rare...

  • Graphene Manufacturing Group staff pose for successful 1,000-liter production.

    Australia cools down with graphene paint

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    Beginning to see some of the innovative ways that graphene can be used in everyday consumer technologies, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. has brought its specially reduced-methane graphene to supplement something that has become so universal to living – temperature control. Based out of Richlands, Australia, GMG is a clean-tech company that, instead of mining or sourcing graphite to then go through the painstaking process of refining into graphene, makes the wonder m...