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  • Purdue University white paint Guinness record global warming climate control

    Purdue paints with record-breaking white

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 24, 2023

    Out of West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University has earned a Guinness World Record for an unintended side effect to reducing global warming – creating the whitest paint ever. "When we started this project about seven years ago, we had saving energy and fighting climate change in mind," said Xiulin Ruan, a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue. It was Ruan and a team of graduate students who invented the paint; the idea was to create a paint that would reflect s...

  • LG Innotek eco magnet rare earth elements SGI Korea EV wind turbines electronics

    LG Innotek develops strongest eco magnet

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    LG Innotek Co. Ltd., an affiliate of electronics conglomerate LG, Sept. 15 announced it has developed the world's strongest eco magnet in collaboration with magnet company SGI Co., also minimizing the use of heavy rare earth metals in its production. As an essential component for electric motors, smartphones, cameras, audio speakers and wind turbines, the demand for heavy rare earths has pushed researchers to devise new ways to optimize material usage without losing...

  • Blue Star Gold GoldSpot Discoveries Gold'n Futures Mineral Corp. map AI Lithium

    GoldSpot in high demand for AI exploration

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Blue Star Gold Corp. is among the latest in a rapidly growing list of mineral exploration companies leveraging the machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities offered by GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. As the largest stakeholder along the High Lake Greenstone belt in Nunavut, Canada, Blue Star's Ulu, Hood River and Roma projects cover more than 40 high-grade gold occurrences over a 50-kilometer (31 mile) strike, with a majority of the two former projects being...

  • Las Vegas Rio Tinto Caterpillar MINExpo electric equipment Australia Gudai-Darri

    Enormous zero-emissions mine truck pact

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

    Rio Tinto and Caterpillar have entered into an agreement to develop and deploy around 35 Cat 793 zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks to Gudai-Darri, an already technically advanced iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. "Our ambition to reach net-zero emissions across our operations is a priority," said Rio Tinto Chief Commercial Officer Alf Barrios. "Reaching this ambition will require new and innovative solutions and partnerships with supplier partners...

  • Volkswagen AG electric vehicle EV lithium battery lab Germany Northvolt Zwei

    VW opens lithium battery labs in Germany

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

    In a move that will shape the future of batteries powering electric Volkswagens, the German automaker has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe. This laboratory in Salzgitter, Germany, will help develop Volkswagen Group's unified cell, a format adaptable to various mixes of battery chemistries, and is compatible with all major upcoming product and production process innovations. This lithium battery, which is expected to...

  • Vital Metals Nechalacho Canada rare earth elements REE Northwest Territories

    Bonanza grade rare earths at Nechalacho

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2021

    Crews at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories are mining zones of ore with such high grades that there is no need to upgrade it with the on-site ore sorter – just simply dig, crush, and bag for shipping to the company's processing facility in Saskatchewan. Mining is currently being carried out at North T, a particularly high-grade deposit within Nechalacho Upper Zone, which hosts 94.7 million metric tons of Australian Joint O... Full story

  • Gahcho Kue Northwest Territories Canada Boston Dynamics Spot diamond mine

    Spot is fetching data at Gahcho Kué Mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 28, 2021

    Many workers at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine in Canada's Northwest Territories would have never imagined that they would be working alongside a robot dog. Yet, the distinctive steady rhythm produced as the four-legged Boston Dynamics Spot robot makes its rounds is now becoming routine at the arctic operation. "Most express amazement that walking robots in the workplace are now a reality, even though they may have envisioned it as a child," De Beers Group penned in a news releas... Full story