The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the September 16, 2020 edition

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  • Deep Space asteroid mining University of Adelaide flow mineral process

    Space miners may need to go with the flow

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    It is no secret that over the last couple of decades, mining in Australia has increased to the point that it is a world-class provider of resources and the technologies to extract them. Fields once thought played out have been revived through a better understanding of mineral exploration and extraction. One of the leading innovators in Australia is the University of Adelaide, which has consistently ranked in the top 1% of schools worldwide for academics, innovation, and resear... Full story

  • Laser graphene virucidal face mask coronavirus covid 19 protection

    Antibacterial graphene masks from CityU

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

    Scientists in Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and now Hong Kong are researching graphene-enhanced masks ability to kill viruses and bacteria, further increasing the face covering's effectiveness in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other disease. While face masks made from cloth and other materials provide varying levels of protection against the direct transmission of COVID-19, the virus can live on the surface of most mask materials for up to several days. This poses a ri... Full story

  • Prospector Portal artificial intelligence digital mineral exploration investment

    Minerva maps coming to Prospector Portal

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

    Two companies at the forefront of applying artificial intelligence to the mining and mineral exploration sectors are teaming up to provide investors and researchers powerful and user-friendly maps to explore mineral properties by geography, commodity, or deposit type. Minerva Intelligence Inc., a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company that provides a suite of software and cognitive AI applications to mineral exploration companies, will be developing these interactive maps...

  • Rechargeable lithium ion cell for electric vehicles nickel from Giga Metals BC

    Tesla in rumored talks with Giga Metals

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

    Tesla wants low-carbon nickel from a future mine at Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada, according to Reuters. Citing three unnamed sources, the global news agency said Tesla is in discussion with the Canadian miner to advance development of a mine that would produce nickel and cobalt, both vital ingredients in the lithium-ion batteries that power its electric vehicles. These reports have not been confirmed by either company....

  • Moon mineral exploration astronauts rock hammers lunar rover

    Precedent setting moon sampling mission

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

    NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from a private space miner able to fly up and grab an up to 1.1-pound lunar sample and deliver it to the space agency by 2024. The space administration is not particular about where the moon rocks are collected, or the content of the samples, as long as the mission is well documented, and the dirt is delivered to NASA on the Moon for payment. This lunar sampling is meant to set the stage for NASA's Artemis program, which aims to "land the first...

  • VW line up of concept ID electric vehicle models Buggie Van

    VW audits EV supply chains back to mines

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

    With the goal of selling more than 1 million electric cars per year by 2025 and having 75 all-electric models by 2029, Volkswagen Group is taking steps to ensure that the array of battery metals and rare earth elements needed for this e-mobility transition are sourced responsibly. The German automaker is also taking steps to minimize the carbon footprint of manufacturing its expanding line-up of EVs. Convinced that a sustainable supplier network is vital to long-term...