African Nations Partner With NASA To Fight Illegal Mining

Strip Mine in Africa

In response to rampant illegal mining operations, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania last year formed the Africa Regional Data Cube. This is a forum for sharing and analyzing NASA’s satellite imagery to advance national goals while maintaining sustainable development. Until about 2001, illegal mining in Ghana consisted of local homeowners using hand tools …

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Musk’s Boring Company Lands First Commercial Contract

Boring OCmpany Tunnel

When the renovations currently underway on the Las Vegas Convention Center are complete in 2021, the campus will cover over 200 acres. If visitors wanted to walk from one end to the other they would have to walk 2 miles, which is not ideal. Elon Musk to the rescue. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors …

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The First “Clean Coal” Facility Opens in The United States

Coal mining

The United States opened its first, large scale “clean coal” facility on Tuesday. NRG Energy, Inc. and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation have finally completed construction, on-budget and on-schedule, of Petra Nova. This marks the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture system and it could have an impressive impact on the industry and the …

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Chinese Steel & Coal Sectors Set To Lose 1.8 Million Workers

chinese coalmine layoff

Huge news coming out of China’s steel and coal sectors as President Xi Jinping looks to cut industrial overcapacity and rework their state-run enterprises. Yin Weimin, Human Resources and Social Security Minister, announced today (2/29/2016) that they will lay off 1.3 million workers in the coal industry and another 500,000 in steel sectors. Without providing …

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The Comeback of Iron Ore

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Good news in the mining sector has been hard to come by as commodity prices have been on a steady decline for months. But now, iron ore has climbed to its highest point in the last three months on Friday (2/19/16) and it is great news for miners and manufacturers alike. China has boosted output …

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Nano-Manufacturing Creating Stronger Metals

powder coated metals

A Seattle-based startup, Modumetal is commercializing a new process that will increase the strength of steel and other metals by as much as 10 times, while also making them more resistant to corrosion. The process makes use of nano-laminate layers that coat the metal to achieve these impressive results. This is a slightly different way …

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Rocky Road Ahead For The Coal Industry

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The coal industry is facing some new hurdles as the U.S. moves toward a more sustainable approach to energy. Coal mines have been closing, and demand for coal continues to fall. Now the Obama administration will be halting new coal land leases until a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and the environmental …

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Mining Fatalities In 2015: Lowest On Record

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Mining is notorious for being a dangerous line of work due to the nature of the industry. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is responsible for monitoring the safety conditions of mines across the U.S. and they are extremely pleased with the results of their work in 2015. 2015 saw the least amount of …

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Aluminum Battery Charges in 1 Minute

Lithium-ion batteries have been a boon for the modern world — they’ve replaced the heavier, single-use alkaline type in everything from wristwatches to jumbo jets. Unfortunately, these rechargeable cells are already struggling to keep up with our ever-increasing energy needs. But a new type of aluminum-ion battery developed at Stanford University is not only less …

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