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Articles from the October 5, 2022 edition

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  • A digital graphic with the letters NFT for non-fungible tokens.

    NFTs offer Madison early uranium sales

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Lux Partners will tokenize Madison uranium to create first uranium NFT. Is digitizing and selling mineral resources still in the ground the future of financing mineral exploration and mining projects? Madison Metals Inc. believes it could be and has signed a historic agreement to contribute up to 20 million pounds of uranium from resources at its projects in Namibia to support the first-ever uranium-backed NFTs. NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital assets that are... Full story

  • Left shows the prototype Thermal Camouflage Jacket. Right shows it in use.

    Prototype invisibility cloak by Vollebak

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2022

    Techno-clothing company utilizes graphene to make jacket invisible to infrared cameras. Thanks to the "wonder material" graphene, the invisibility cloak often seen in fantasy and science fiction will likely soon be a thing of reality, as Vollebak unveils the world's first thermal camouflage jacket that brings us one step closer to disappearing into thin air. Home to the initial discovery of graphene and two researchers that won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering...

  • A NASA high-altitude plane in flight over snow-covered mountains.

    Southwest US critical mineral reflections

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2022

    USGS, NASA use hyperspectral imaging to seek critical minerals in Southwest US. To gain a broader view of potential domestic sources of the minerals needed for everything from electronic devices and household tools to electric vehicles and wind turbines, the U.S. Geological Survey has teamed up with NASA to use airborne hyperspectral imaging to scan portions of the American Southwest for critical minerals. "NASA has a long history of Earth observation that shows us how the pla...

  • Graphic showing 2D MXenes and some of their potential applications.

    Scientists explore new atomic frontiers

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 4, 2022

    Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have succeeded in using a new method of analysis to peel back the atomic layers of two-dimensional metallic compounds known as MXenes (pronounced max-eens), opening the door to development of a wide range of new materials. Two-dimensional materials are substances with a thickness of a few nanometers or less. Electrons in these materials are free to move in the two-dimensional plane, but their restricted motion in the third...

  • Close-up of a stovetop burner with red-tipped flames.

    Toyota explores tastier hydrogen cooking

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 4, 2022

    Looking beyond the carbon dioxide emitted from tailpipes, Toyota Motor Corp. is investigating hydrogen as a cleaner and tastier fuel for the stoves and ovens that cook the food for millions of households around the globe. Teaming up with Rinnai, a Japanese manufacturer of gas appliances, Toyota plans to demonstrate the potential advantages of hydrogen-fueled cooking and home heating in Woven City – a living laboratory that Toyota's human-centered mobility and technology subsid...

  • A vintage photograph of the now ghost town Grand Forks in Yukon, Canada.

    Minerva AI case study for Klondike Gold

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2022

    Continuing a trend of supporting mineral exploration with its cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning software, Minerva Intelligence Inc. has carried out a case study on the Lone Star gold zone on Klondike Gold Corp.'s Eldorado property in the Dawson Creek Mining District of Yukon, Canada. Evaluated using Minerva's DRIVER software, Klondike Gold says it was extremely impressed with the results. "The close agreement between DRIVER's model extents and...