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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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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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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Watching alloys change from liquid to solid could lead to better metals

MFG Metal

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would look simple. But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex, and understanding it better could improve design and production of metals. A recent investigation aboard the International Space Station contributed to that understanding. …

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