Monthly Archives: October 2015

The war over the periodic table

POTOMAC, MARYLAND – A little past 9:30 on the morning of Sept. 7, 2010, a Japanese Coast Guard vessel in the East China Sea spots a Chinese fishing trawler off the coast of islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The Japanese have little tolerance for such incursions in the Senkakus, which they annexed in 1895 during the Sino-Japanese War. But recently China has asserted claims to these islands extending hundreds … Continue reading

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GE to invest up to $1 billion in Indonesia’s power and oil and gas sectors

Washington, D.C. – The announcement was made on the sidelines of a meeting between the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, and the President of United States, Barack Obama. The investment will be made in tandem with GE’s participation in the country’s infrastructure build-out. Elaborating on the $1 billion program, GE’s Vice Chairman John Rice says, “Indonesia has been an important and strategic country for us for over 75 years and the … Continue reading

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New Caledonia to export nickel ore to China

The New Caledonian government has approved a single company’s bid to start exporting low-grade nickel ore to China. The collegial government considered four applications but only authorised the company MKM to sell 300,000 tonnes of ore in the next 18 months. The MKM bid was successful because of the support of the ministers of the pro-independence Caledonian Union, who abstained from endorsing the other three bids. The head of MKM is close to the … Continue reading

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The New Wrinkle in Graphene Is Wrinkles

One of the holy grails of graphene research has been a method for achieving wafer-scale growth of wrinkle-free single-crystal monolayer graphene on a silicon wafer. Now researchers at the RIKEN research institute in Japan have discovered that the wrinkles in graphene may be their most attractive feature. In research published in the journal Nature Communications, the RIKEN scientists discovered that the wrinkles found in graphene create unique electronic qualities, specifically a one-dimensional electron confinement. … Continue reading

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Lynas Weighs Molycorp Bid as Rare Earths Suitors Open Talks

Australian miner Lynas Corp Ltd. is weighing a bid for bankrupt rare-earths producer Molycorp Inc. as the company begins drawing interest from potential buyers in Asia and Europe. Lynas, one of only two major rare earths producers outside China, is “interested to understand” the cost savings that could be available from a combination with Molycorp, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Others that have held discussions about buying the assets include German chemicals … Continue reading

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Australia ‘could become world leader in solar home battery storage’

Australia could become a world leader in home battery storage, with the potential for energy stored from solar panels offering the cheapest electricity alternative within just three years, according to a new report. The study, by the Climate Council, predicted that the cost of battery storage would fall “dramatically” and help Australian homeowners overcome the intermittency of electricity generation from rooftop solar panels. On the basis of a $10,000 battery system with a payback … Continue reading

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Australia to tighten grip on coking coal as U.S. rivals suffer

Oct 22 Australia is set to boost its dominance of the global trade in steel-making coal, as cost cutting and better margins due to a slide in the local dollar stoke a rise in production and put pressure on U.S. rivals to cut output. Top exporter BHP Billiton , which along with Japanese partners Mitsubishi Corp and Mitsui & Co supplies nearly a quarter of globally traded coking coal, will be the biggest beneficiary. … Continue reading

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Defence scientists indigenously develop technology for critical components of Jaguar aircraft engine

HYDERABAD: Technology for a critical component of Jaguar aircraft has been developed by Indian defence scientists. The Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, in association with Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI), Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL) and Airworthiness Agencies, has developed the technology. According to the Defence Research and Development Authority (DRDO), high pressure (HP) compressor disc forgings made of titanium alloy are critical rotating parts of Adour aero engines of the Jaguar aircraft. They … Continue reading

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Toyota’s plans to build a hydrogen-based society

The Japanese automaker says it will sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2020 and use hydrogen at its factories to reach ambitious environmental targets. Over the next several decades, Toyota says it will slash emissions generated from new vehicles and its production processes. To get there, the company is betting on hydrogen and renewable energy. Toyota outlined Wednesday a series of ambitious environmental targets—the earliest of which kick in by the end of the … Continue reading

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Nickel supply to become tight in 2016, says International Nickel Study Group

LISBON (Scrap Monster): The International Nickel Study Group (INSG) has predicted further drop in nickel production during 2015 and 2016. Meantime, consumption is likely to show uptrend during this period, thus leading to tight supply situation in 2016. The above predictions are based on the discussions held during INSG’s the two-day meeting held on Oct 5th and 6th in Lisbon, Portugal. According to INSG, the major shift in economic policies by China and the … Continue reading

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