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Articles from the October 18, 2023 edition

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  • Computer-generated image resembling a diamond used for technology.

    Diamond-studded quantum computer chips

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 6, 2023

    Trapping qubits inside diamonds, MIT researchers create memory nodes that may unlock quantum computing realm. Quantum computers have the potential to carry out calculations millions of times faster than today's most advanced supercomputers, but this game-changing computing power has yet to be realized due to the fragile nature of qubits, the quantum realm equivalent of the bits that store and transfer data in today's computers. Diamonds, however, could provide the armor that p...

  • An operator runs Sandvik mining equipment from computer in an office setting.

    Sandvik's AutoMine Core mining solution

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 6, 2023

    Company unveils new automation platform that is tailor made for underground mass mining. Staying on the cutting edge of autonomous underground mining technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced AutoMine Core, a comprehensive platform to support customers ramping up from manual operation to fully autonomous production. The Swedish underground mining equipment and technologies company says AutoMine Core is tailor-made to bolster the safety, productivity, and...

  • MIT PhD student Alexander O’Brien posing for a picture.

    Next generation drives future fusion tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Young scientists brings lifetime of passion, curiosity, hope to producing better materials for fusion energy. Spurred by next-generation thinking, innovative uses of composite metal-ceramic 3D printing in the field of nuclear may just be the "Eureka!" moment needed to unlock one of Man's greatest accomplishments – fusion. When Alexander O'Brien sent in his application for graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Nuclear Science and E...

  • ABTC’s recently purchased Nevada facility is up and running.

    ABTC begins battery recycling in Nevada

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Commences domestic supply of critical battery materials at new Nevada facility in less than a year. Working tirelessly and expeditiously toward commercialization, American Battery Technology Company excitedly announced the operational start-up of its commercial-scale lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Nevada, implementing its first-of-a-kind lithium-ion battery recycling technologies at industrial scale. "We are excited to have achieved this major milestone and to now...

  • Closeup of a Factorial 100 ampere-hour lithium-metal solid-state battery cell.

    Factorial ships solid-state battery cells

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    Massachusetts-based battery tech company Factorial Energy has spent the last six years focused on solid-state electric vehicle batteries that are safer and have up to 50% higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries, all while driving down costs to be competitive with conventional EV battery pricing. The company's flagship product is its proprietary Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST), which utilizes a solid-state electrolyte designed to perform safely and relia...

  • Piles of shredded metals to be used in recycling.

    Recycling key to U.S. critical minerals

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    The growing list of critical minerals and conflict elements like cobalt are drawing intense focus and demand for alternative sources. Investors and consumers are increasingly focused on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials, provenance, and indirect emissions of these supply chains. If done right, prioritizing urban mining – specifically moving recycled materials upstream in supply chains – could provide cheaper domestic supply with a lower emissions foo...

  • Concept of SCAR-E exploring an asteroid of minerals.

    SCAR-E asteroid mining robot unveiled

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 20, 2023

    London-based Asteroid Mining Corp. has developed the Space Capable Asteroid Robotic Explorer (SCAR-E) as a ruggedly built, adaptable, and low-cost walking and climbing robot available initially for commercial use across a range of destinations on Earth ahead of its primary task of exploring the solar system. The company developed the SCAR-E six-legged robot to outperform Spot, Boston Dynamic's robot dog. "We are coming for you Boston Dynamics," proclaimed Asteroid Mining CEO...