The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the November 1, 2023 edition

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  • Astronaut in spacesuit pours handful of lunar regolith onto Moon’s surface.

    Liquid metal spacesuits vs. lunar dust

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    In lieu of aliens or secret government bases, there is a very real and persistent threat on the Moon to future astronauts on NASA's Artemis mission – dust. This powdery substance is far from the commonplace kind we're used to earthside. Lunar dust is the finest fraction of crushed regolith easily disturbed and distributed throughout the low-gravity atmosphere of the Moon. It differs significantly in its origin and properties from terrestrial soil. On Earth, particles are...

  • An astronaut holds out a rock sample collected from the Moon.

    The economic viability of asteroid mining

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Arguments against the expense and impracticality of space exploration have been ongoing since before the Apollo missions ever got off the ground. In fact, NASA's budget has hovered between a minute 1% and 0.4% of the total federal budget since the 1970s. Missions fail, lose funding, or fall out of favor between presidencies. But there is one assurance that private investors can take to the bank-innovation in the face of space exploration always pays. "You have to innovate, an... Full story

  • Green bands of aurora in the winter sky above sign in front of Nechalacho camp.

    Shenghe invests in Canada rare earth mine

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Vital Metals turns to Chinese firm to fund Nechalacho, home to first REE mine in Canada. Drifting further away from the original vision of establishing a rare earths supply chain in Canada that would help to break the West's heavy reliance on China for this suite of tech elements, Vital Metals Ltd. has turned to Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd. for funding that will allow the Australia-based REE mining company to move forward with its plans for a larger mine at its...

  • Closeup of the face of green goblin with a miner’s light strapped to its head.

    Curse of the Kobold: A Halloween tale

    U.S. Geological Survey|Updated Nov 10, 2023

    Deep in the dark mines and forests of Germany, in the days long before electricity when flickering torchlight made shadows come to life, whispers told of mysterious and ominous creatures waiting to prey on the hapless and unaware. One of these, the Kobold, was a particular bane of German silver miners, poisoning their silver ore so that the metal that emerged was mere powder, not the lustrous ingots they sought. The Kobold even poisoned their bodies, making them retch and sapp...

  • Labeled sample jars on a conveyor are fed into a PhotonAssay analysis unit.

    Major endorsement of PhotonAssay tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Barrick puts in an order for up to 13 PhotonAssay units to be installed at its gold mines on four continents. In a major endorsement of Chrysos Corp.'s PhotonAssay as a faster, safer, and more accurate technology for gold analysis, Barrick Gold Corp. is ordering up to 13 new units for delivery to its mine sites on four continents. "Barrick's global adoption of our technology is a watershed moment for us, underlining PhotonAssay's superiority to outdated and hazardous fire...

  • Illustration showing electrons escaping through silica shell of nanodiamonds.

    Researchers solve nanodiamond mystery

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    A team of researchers led by chemists at San Jose State University has solved the puzzle of how silica-coated nanodiamonds are formed and acquire properties that make them useful in an increasing number of scientific applications. In an article published in the Sept. 15 edition of ACS Nanoscience Au, the researchers described the results of their investigation into the chemistry of silica coatings on nanodiamonds. The study was aimed at helping scientists improve the shells...

  • Seurat employees inspecting printing equipment.

    Seurat raises $99M for metal 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Metal 3D printing pioneer's Series C funding attracted major automakers and tech giants, including Honda and Nvidia, which led the financing. Featured in some of the most influential publications, winner of several prestigious awards, and holder of nearly 300 patents, additive manufacturing visionary Seurat Technologies Inc. has raised US$99 million in its Series C funding led by tech giant Nvidia. Getting its start with a metal 3D printing technology designed to aid fusion en...

  • A rendering of Tokyo University’s new battery chemistry.

    Tokyo team develops cobalt-free batteries

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

    With the ongoing difficulties in sourcing ethical, clean materials for electric vehicles and battery storage, researchers from the University of Tokyo have presented a viable alternative to the most controversial element used in lithium-ion batteries – cobalt. High-capacity and reliable rechargeable batteries are increasingly becoming a critical piece of most devices and even modes of transportation. As the need for lithium-ion batteries rises, so too does the demand for...

  • Closeup of a stack of newspapers.

    EarthLabs to buy The Northern Miner Group

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Taking a major step toward its goal of building a mining media powerhouse, EarthLabs Inc. has cut a deal to acquire The Northern Miner Group, which publishes the Northern Miner, Canadian Mining Journal, and MINING.COM. "This acquisition aligns perfectly with our strategic focus on innovation in the disruptive media landscape," said EarthLabs Chief Business Officer Cejay Kim. "EarthLabs will now own one of the largest social media platforms and news media publications focused o...