Discovering the elements of innovation
Metal Tech is crazy enough to change the world – are you? Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – January 1, 2020
Last updated 8/12/2020 at 5:39am
Are you ready to join Metal Tech News on an expedition to discover the elements of innovation that will ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for mankind?
I understand – this is an enormous claim for an upstart news magazine reporting on metals, technology and mining. But, as the late Steve Jobs put it, "The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
How exactly, you might ask, does Metal Tech News plan to "change the world?"
First, this new online and print news magazine will help bridge an age-old chasm between technology and the elements that make these innovations possible.
19th century naturalist, explorer and biologist Alfred Russel Wallace observed this rift when he said, "(B)ecause we are ignorant of the laws by which metals are produced and trees developed, we cannot know anything of the origin of steamships and railways."
More than a century later, the same thing could be said for the roughly 62 metals that go into smartphones – pocket computers that are roughly 100,000 times more powerful than the computer NASA used to put man on the moon in 1969!
Whether you are talking about iPhones, electric vehicles, solar panels, Mars exploration rovers or vacuum cleaners, all of today's avant-garde innovations take advantage of special properties of minerals and metals to be smaller, lighter, stronger, smarter and more efficient than previously imagined.
While new understanding of the unique properties each metal possesses will continue to benefit mankind in countless ways moving forward, how we supply humanity's energy and transportation needs will be the biggest technological driver of demand for the special attributes metals have to offer in the coming decade.
It is into this age of green energy, electric vehicles, interplanetary mankind and yet-to-be-imagined marvels – all made possible by an ever-increasing understanding of metals and technology – that Metal Tech News makes its debut.
This rapidly changing technological landscape is creating new demands for minerals and metals that are not part of the lexicon outside of geology and chemistry circles.
Metals such as dysprosium, a rare earth element that improves the durability while reducing the weight of magnets in electric vehicles; indium, used to create a transparent and highly conductive film that makes touchscreens touchable; and vanadium, a metal that may be used to create enormous batteries with the potential to deliver green energy on a massive scale when the sun is not shining or the wind not blowing.
By telling the intriguing story of these elements of innovation, Metal Tech News will bridge the chasm between metals and the modern life they make possible, as well as providing a continuous glimpse into the future of how material scientists and engineers are discovering new uses for the special properties of these mined building blocks.
The exciting new end uses of minerals and metals, however, is only half of the story.
First, these materials must be mined – whether from Earth, asteroids or other bodies circling our Sun.
To tell the whole story, Metal Tech News also covers what is shaping up as a Golden Age of discovery for technologies that are making it more efficient, sustainable, greener and safer to find, extract and process the minerals and metals of innovation.
Combined, the technology metals and mining technologies covered by Metal Tech News is providing readers the opportunity to discover the fascinating metals of innovation, inform them on cutting edge mineral exploration and mining technologies, and challenge them to think about the role minerals and metals will play in a smarter, greener and more sustainable future for Planet Earth.
While I might not be a 21st Century innovator, I am a journalist who shares a passion with visionaries such as Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who said, "I'm interested in things that change the world or that affect the future; and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you're like, 'Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'"
It is with this curiosity and desire for a brighter future for all mankind that I am proud to introduce Metal Tech News, a weekly online newspaper that chronicles the wonderous and edge-of-the-possible technologies and provides a glimpse into the elements of innovation that make them possible.
I am crazy enough to do my part to change the world ... are you curious enough to join Metal Tech News on its odyssey to discover the elements of innovation?
Shane Lasley, founder and publisher
Metal Tech News