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Lynas moves forward on Texas REE plant

Australia-based rare earths producer Lynas Corporation Ltd. is moving ahead with a U.S.-based heavy rare earth separation facility in Texas. In April, the U.S. Department of Defense indicated that... — Updated 8/5/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
GM Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover EV SUV revealed

GM to unveil Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV

On Aug. 6, General Motors will introduce the world to the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover SUV that will be the first in an upcoming portfolio of battery-electric luxury vehicles from Cad... — Updated 8/4/2020 Full story

 
 By Matthew Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Swiss researchers create 18 carat gold polymer light gold foam

Swiss scientists create lightweight gold

If you have ever gone jewelry shopping, one of the first things that you notice when you pick up a gold ring or necklace, is its weight. Your brain is tuned to gravity and the weight of gold is... — Updated 8/4/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Mercedes Benz Daimler Farasis energy electric vehicles batteries

Mercedes-Benz buys into EV batteries

Mercedes-Benz is investing in Chinese developer and supplier of lithium-ion batteries, Farasis Energy, in accordance with the German automaker's goal to become carbon-neutral automotive company.... — Updated 7/22/2020 Full story

 
BMW iX3 electric sports utility vehicle German luxury electric mobility

BMW adds SUV to electric vehicle lineup

The BMW Group July 14 announced the world premiere of its the BMW iX3, a sports utility vehicle that provides drivers with an emission-free option for enjoying the comfort, multi‑faceted... — Updated 7/22/2020 Full story

 
Tailings storage facility Newmont Goldcorp Peñasquito gold silver mine Mexico

Mine tailings monitoring goes to the cloud

Mining companies around the globe are coming under increasing pressure to ensure and demonstrate that their tailings storage facilities are stable and do not pose a threat to the environment and... — Updated 7/15/2020 Full story

 
Drill core from Lac Doré vanadium iron titanium mine project Quebec Canada

Drills tap wide vanadium zone at Lac Doré

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. July 7 released assay results from the final six holes drilled last year at Lac Doré, a vanadium-iron-titanium property about 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of... — Updated 7/15/2020 Full story

 
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TERRA Mining AI now available Down Under

Canada-based Minerva Intelligence Inc.'s artificial intelligence-driven suite of mineral exploration software and services will be available to mining companies and geologists in Australia and New... — Updated 7/8/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle overnight off peak hours charging saves money

Annual EV fuel savings average $450 in US

An electric vehicle owner may be able to save a car payment or two per year due to the lower costs of powering up an EV compared to driving a similar gas car, according to a new analysis... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
First Cobalt refinery to supply sustainable battery metal in North America

First Cobalt strengthens ESG commitment

In a move that demonstrates its commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) practices, First Cobalt Corp. joins the Cobalt Institute as associate member. "Becoming a... — Updated 6/30/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Computer motherboard electronics critical metals from mining tailings

Mining innovator awarded prestigious grant

Recently, Phoenix Tailings announced it has become a recipient of the National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award to continue on breakthrough research and... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Northrop Grumman space freighter Soyuz MS-12 crew ship graphene em shields

Out of this world 3D printed graphene

Incredibly strong, lightweight, and conductive, it was only a matter of time the out-of-this-world properties of graphene were considered for use by the aerospace industry. Now, University of Brit... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Zen Albany Graphene for Covid 19 coronavirus testing detection viral RNA

Zen provides graphene for COVID-19 test

Graphene's ability to kill viruses has captured headlines as companies look to add it to face masks, sporting equipment, paints and numerous other products aimed at stemming the spread of... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Exyn Technologies Advanced Autonomous Aerial Robot A3R drone system

Exyn bestowed mine robotics award

Autonomous drone pioneer, Exyn Technologies has been bestowed the RBR50 Robotics Innovation in Mining award. Presented annually by Robotics Business Review, the RBR50 Innovation Award recognizes... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Graphene 2D carbon material strongest high conductivity antiviral antimicrobial

Antimicrobial graphene paint passes test

New York-based graphene supplier and product manufacturer, GrapheneCA announced that primary testing has confirmed its graphene-rich antimicrobial coating formula is 99.9% effective in making... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Rare earth are 17 lanthanide elements plus yttrium scandium

Milestone for USA Rare Earth production

USA Rare Earth LLC and Texas Mineral Resources Corp. May 26 reported another milestone along the path to developing a rare earths and critical minerals mine and processing facility in the United... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Solar powered mineral exploration camp in the Andes of Chile

Vale commits $2B to lower carbon output

Brazil-based global miner Vale has committed to investing at least US$2 billion toward reducing its carbon emissions in the coming years. The goals of this initiative are to reduce its direct and... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Onshoring Rare Earths Act ORE Act grants for graphite cobalt lithium manganese

ORE Act encourages more than rare earths

The Onshoring Rare Earths Act of 2020, or ORE Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on May 12 reaches beyond the 17 rare earth elements to include an additional four... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Fuller Moto 3d printing electric futuristic 2029 Majestic motorcycle concept

Fuller Moto prints futuristic motorcycle

Fuller Moto takes advantage of the design freedom offered by cutting-edge metal 3D printing technology to create the 2029 Majestic, an ultra-modern electric motorcycle inspired by a classic. A cus... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
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Cruz aims to end US reliance on China REE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) May 12 introduced the Onshoring Rare Earths Act of 2020, or ORE Act, legislation to end the United States' dependence on China for rare earth elements and other... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Perovskites thin-film solar cells harnessing sunlight to generate electricity

New perovskite solar consortium formed

Working with leading domestic solar companies, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, University of North Carolina at Chapel... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prospect Mining Studio Newlab Vimson Transformative Technology Applied

Tech startup platform for mining industry

Newlab LLC, in collaboration with the Vimson Group, presented their Transformative Technology Applied to Mining event during an April 28 webinar showcasing Prospect Mining Studio. This... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Truck hauls small nuclear reactor module SMR for delivery to electric plant site

Mini-reactors join renewable energy race

Global interest has begun for recent development in the renewable energy race with an unlikely contender – miniaturized nuclear reactors. This relatively new nuclear reactor design, known as a... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
RapidSX solvent extraction rare earth separation pilot plant Ucore Rare Metals

Ucore acquires rapid REE separation tech

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has cut a deal to acquire full ownership of Innovation Metals Corp. – a private Canada-based company that has developed RapidSX technology for the separation and... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Statue of Liberty antimicrobial copper Covid 19 antivirus hospitals

More copper to fight future pandemics

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of women miners are calling for more copper and its natural virus fighting properties in hospitals and other public places. "Copper has proven... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 

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