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  • Artist John Sabraw with reclaimed pigment on a steel table.

    Acid mine drainage to earth tone paints

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 4, 2024

    Gamblin Artists Colors introduces oil paints pigmented with waste from acidic water draining from old coal mine. Paints throughout the ages have been uniquely colored by crushed gemstones, rare shellfish, and even powdered Egyptian mummies. With that same pioneering spirit, the Portland, Oregon-based Gamblin Artists Colors began recycling dry pigment dust collected by their Torit air filtration system during the 1990s and mixing it into a paint color they called Torrit Grey.... Full story

  • Hands hold a pile of coins with a plant growing out of it.

    DOE announces future green tech funding

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

    Impressing the necessity of developing domestic supplies of critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management has issued a notice of intent to fund programs that will advance cost-effective and environmentally responsible production, reuse, and recycling of critical minerals and materials in the United States. As part of the $1.1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, this latest funding opportunity is aimed to support bench-...

  • A smartphone and other digital devises dependent on an array of metals.

    Apple, USGS develop rock-to-metal ratio

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    How much rock must be moved to produce the metals in an Apple iPhone, Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle or any other product that requires mined commodities (i.e., nearly everything)? Apple teamed up with the United States Geological Survey to develop a "rock-to-metal ratio" that makes it easier to answer that question. Metals are essential to every aspect of modern life. Even a bowl of oatmeal requires these fundamental building materials to grow, ship, and process this... Full story