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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Vollebak Full Metal Jacket copper antimicrobial coronavirus Covid 19 protection

Copper materializes as post-COVID style

From facemasks to "Full Metal Jackets", virus killing copper clothing is an emerging fashion trend for people looking to protect themselves as they venture out from the COVID-19 lockdown.... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Koenigsegg Agera supercar body made of lightweight strong carbon fiber

Graphene may unlock carbon fiber potential

A bit of graphene could double the strength of carbon fiber while reducing the cost of this material prized for its strength-to-weight ratio. About half the weight of aluminum but much stro... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
Vanadium colors aqueous solution for flow redox rechargeable batteries

Vanadium fuels growing demand for VRFBs

Vanadium, which is in high demand today for its ability to strengthen steel alloys – specifically for manufacturing high-strength, low alloy rebar used in earthquake-resistant... — Updated 5/26/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Ora GrapheneQ GQ headphones crisp tight high quality high end sound

Ora makes striking music with graphene

Graphene, the strongest and most highly conductive material known to man, happens to make really good speakers. Canadian start-up Ora Graphene Audio Inc. is taking advantage of the unique... — Updated 5/22/2020 Full story

High grade core from Graphite Creek Stax deposit near Nome Alaska

Stacking uses for Alaska STAX graphite

The adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy is driving increased demand for graphite, a major ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. Graphite, however, is high on a list of 35... — Updated 5/22/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Metal Laser 3D printing gear cog

Advancing metal 3D printing tech

Metal 3D printing has the potential to reshape the way metallic objects are manufactured and four companies – Desktop Metal, ExOne, Rapidia and Velo3D – are breaking new ground with... — Updated 5/12/2020 Full story

First Cobalt refinery Ontario sulfate electric vehicles EV lithium ion batteries

Critical step for Ontario cobalt refinery

First Cobalt Corp. has taken a critical step toward its goal of supplying North American and European electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers with 25,000 metric tons of... — Updated 5/12/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Graphene medical uses antiviral virucidal ink masks protective equipment

Graphene goes into COVID-19 killing ink

Zen Graphene Solutions is collaborating with Graphene Composites Ltd. to develop a COVID-19 killing virucidal graphene-based composite ink that can be applied to fabrics, including N95... — Updated 5/12/2020 Full story

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Rare earth metals see new medical uses

While the importance of rare earth metals is widely acknowledged in manufacturing sophisticated devices for use in space, defense, clean, green and consumer technologies, the increasingly... — Updated 4/28/2020 Full story

Tesla Roadster electric vehicles EV batteries drive demand for lithium mining

Electric vehicles power lithium demand

Despite global mines supplying more lithium than markets demand and the effects COVID-19 is having on the worldwide economy, Morningstar Inc. sees the 2020s as being "a transformational... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

Separated rare earth elements praseodymium neodymium lanthanum cerium

Texas REE separation plant makes progress

Texas Mineral Resources Corp. and USA Rare Earth LLC April 2 said the COVID-19 outbreak thus far has not held up progress on their Round Top critical minerals project in Texas and pilot... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story

Mask virus Vale mining company Covid 19 Challenge innovations prevention

Vale offers $1M for COVID-19 innovations

Vale, a Brazil-based mining company with operations in Canada and around the globe, is challenging innovators to come up with solutions to minimize the societal impacts of COVID-19 and is o... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story

neodymium iron boron magnet electric vehicle motors wind turbine

USA Rare Earth adds magnet equipment

USA Rare Earth LLC has acquired state-of-the-art neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnet manufacturing equipment, another key piece to the company's strategy to establish a complete rare eart... — Updated 4/8/2020 Full story

Ucore Rare Metals Bokan Mountain Dotson Ridge REE deposit Alaska

COVID-19 underscores rare earth exposure

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. says the COVID-19 pandemic shines a spotlight on the need for a domestic supply of rare earth elements and other critical minerals and the company continues to make... — Updated 4/8/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Tokamak fusion reactor General Atomics graphite deuterium tritium

The dream of fusion made real with boron

Hydrogen, boron and lasers could be the secret ingredients to the Holy Grail of energy – fusion. A team of scientists in Australia have developed a method of creating fusion energy like... — Updated 4/7/2020 Full story

CdTe cadmium thin film photovoltaic PV solar panels critical byproduct metals

Mining refinery waste for solar energy

Solar accounted for nearly 40% of the new electricity generating capacity added in the United States during 2019. With sun-fueled electricity expected to continue growing with more... — Updated 4/5/2020 Full story

Graphene coating for antibacterial paints varnishes COVID 19 viruses

Graphene paint could slow virus spread

The strongest and most conductive material known to man, graphene is considered a miracle material that will likely change how we construct things in the 21st century – from... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski American Energy Innovations Act

Energy legislation stalls in U.S. Senate

The American Energy Innovations Act, legislation hailed as Congress' best chance to modernize the nation's energy policies in more than 12 years, bogged down in the U.S. Senate in early Mar... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

Copper3D NanoHack 3D printable micro copper antimicrobial Covid 19 masks

Hack the pandemic with nano-copper

Copper3D, a Chile-based tech start-up, is harnessing the power of copper, 3D printing and an open-source design to help ensure there are enough face masks to go around during the COVID-19... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Quantum computer circuit quantum bits qubits germanium transistors

Quantum computing closer with germanium

The future of computing may be seeing a transition back to germanium, a material that is at the same time the past and future of quantum computing. While today's computers have become... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

Medical studies show zinc lozenges effective in fighting viruses like COVID-19

Zinc may galvanize body against COVID-19

Can zinc lozenges and syrups galvanize our bodies' defenses against COVID-19? Research and clinical trials have demonstrated its ability to lessen the severity and duration of similar sever... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Hornsdale Power Reserve Tesla Megapack lithium ion battery energy storage system

Big batteries offer reliable, green power

Tesla's "big battery" utility-scale Powerpack systems are emerging around the globe, proving a supplemental energy storage system that reduces costs and provides a reliable backup in cases... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

Antibacterial silver prevent spread of diseases such as coronavirus MRSA flu

Silver bullet for COVID-19, other monsters

If your buddy is bitten by a werewolf or vampire and infected, myth, legends and pop culture say the cure is silver. Whether it is a silver bullet through the heart or skin searing silver... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Uranium thorium nuclear reactor low carbon energy fuels

The nuclear option for carbon-free energy

As the cultural and economic shift towards renewable energy continues to develop, the pursuit for new renewable technologies is emerging as well. Some believe these pursuits should include... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

Copper mineralization at Nico cobalt gold bismuth mine project NWT

Fortunate mix of critical metals in Canada

As lithium-ion battery and electric car companies seek reliable and ethical sources of cobalt, Fortune Minerals Ltd. has sights set on supplying some of that cobalt – along with copper,... — Updated 3/10/2020 Full story


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