Video game to teach Australian kids about minerals for electric cars

MINEX Forum | July 11, 2019
img0 The Minerals Council of Australia, Mining Education Australia and the University of Queensland launched this week the Mine Solar Car Lab – a new 3D digital game for Minecraft’s Education Edition. The idea is that elementary school students and teachers use the Minecraft education platform to learn about different minerals and metals sourced in Australia ...

Why gold is money: a periodic perspective

MINEX Forum | July 5, 2019
img0 The economist John Maynard Keynes famously called gold a “barbarous relic”, suggesting that its usefulness as money is an artifact of the past. In an era filled with cashless transactions and hundreds of cryptocurrencies, this statement seems truer today than in Keynes’ time. However, gold also possesses elemental properties that has made it an ideal ...

Russian scientists discover new mineral

MINEX Forum | July 31, 2018
img0 An iron meteorite that was found in 2016 in Buryatia, southern Russia, provided the keys for the discovery of a new mineral called ‘uakitite,’ which is associated with sulfides, schreibersite and magnetite. The discovery was made by researchers from the Ural Federal University, Novosibirsk State University and the Geological Institute at the Siberian Branch of the ...

Scientists one step closer to producing more efficient lithium-ion batteries

MINEX Forum | May 29, 2018
img0 Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered a first-of-its-kind copper and graphite combination that, they say, could have implications for improving the energy efficiency of lithium-ion batteries. The discovery took place after they bombarded graphite in an ultra-high vacuum environment with ions to create surface defects. Copper was then deposited on the ...

Accident in Alrosa’s Mir mine: Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched the fact-finding mission

David McHutchon | August 9, 2017
img0 Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case over the flooding incident in the Alrosa diamond company’s Mir mine, located in the Siberian Republic of Yakutia, a source in the committee’s press service told TASS. “The Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case in accordance with Article 216.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (breach of ...

“Granular social intelligence” method can help miners to avoid social antagonizm

David McHutchon | August 8, 2017
img0 It’s sounds too good to be true, but a new company is proving miners they can foresee opposition or any other form of social conflict related to their projects, before they even attempt going through a licencing process. Chalkstone, a UK-based company founded by Donald Bray, a political anthropologist and academic at the University of Cambridge, ...

Outotec offers new expertise to staff and students of the Urals’ universities

Irina Dorokhova | June 16, 2017
img0 A month ago Outotec’s experts participated in “Technotour RCC” at Mikheyevsky Mining and Processing Plant (MPP), a subsidiary of Russian Copper Company. The main purpose of the event was to showcase the MPP as a state-of-the-art plant and, importantly, provide future mining engineers with new experience. The participants had an opportunity to visit the new production ...

The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology to receive about €900,000 for innovations

David McHutchon | April 14, 2017
img0 The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), which is part of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, will receive a grant of approximately €900,000 over the next three years to support the development of new technologies for the environmentally and socially sustainable as well as efficient exploration of natural resources, noted Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. The EU funding will ...