Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sudbury watches as nickel slides even further

Base metals — including nickel — fell to multi-year lows on Monday on worries that a surge in the U.S. dollar will deter producers from making supply cuts in a market battling poor demand, especially in top user China. London nickel slid more than 6 per cent to its lowest since 2003 and copper fell almost 3 per cent to its cheapest in more than six years. Lead touched its lowest since 2010, while … Continue reading

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Republicans Want To Shut Down The Department Of Energy. Here’s Why That’s A Really Bad Idea:

Ted Cruz wants to abolish the Department of Energy. Sarah Palin can’t decide. In 2008, she said that she wanted to get rid of it, but more recently she declared that she would like to run it and then abolish it. Eliminating a $27 billion agency is a big deal, so it makes you wonder what all the fuss is about. On Cruz’s website he says we should, “cut off the Washington Cartel, stop … Continue reading

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World’s First Inkjet Metal 3D Printer to Launch in 2016

A big name in the 3D printing world is back with a compelling new technology. Israel-based start-up Xjet plans to bring the world’s first direct-metal 3D printer based on jetting technology to market in 2016, according to the Times of Israel. Fellow 3D printing company Objet, now part of Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), pioneered the use of jetting technology in the 3D printing of polymers with its Polyjet tech. Xjet plans to do in the metals … Continue reading

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Lynas to avoid rare earths ‘price casino’

Lynas to avoid rare earths ‘price casino’ Australian miner Lynas Corporation said it is striving for price stability in the volatile rare earths market, moving to fixed contracts and other arrangements with a number of customers rather than continuing to “play at the rare earths price casino”. Lynas chief executive Amanda Lacaze told shareholders at today’s annual general meeting the company was facing a new set of challengers in the 2016 financial year, after … Continue reading

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U.S. judge dismisses Rio Tinto lawsuit against Vale

A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed Rio Tinto’s lawsuit accusing rival Vale and others of conspiring to misappropriate its mining rights in the Simandou region in Guinea. Simandou has some of the world’s most valuable iron ore deposits. Rio Tinto had said in its April 2014 lawsuit that Vale had conspired with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and BSG Resources. But U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan said on Friday that Rio Tinto had … Continue reading

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SpaceX wins NASA deal to fly astronauts to space station

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets are still grounded after a June failure, but on Friday NASA gave his aerospace company some good news by officially ordering a future flight that will take astronauts to the International Space Station. The announcement allows the Hawthorne company to continue work on a rocket that would be certified to fly humans. Last year, NASA awarded contracts to SpaceX and Boeing Co. to build rockets to carry astronauts to the … Continue reading

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ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. Fuel cells rely on costly platinum catalysts to enable the reactions that convert chemical energy into electricity. Alloying platinum with noble metals such as cobalt reduces the overall cost, but such alloyed catalysts vary in performance based on their atomic structure and processing history. … Continue reading

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Nickel smelter developers shelve Indonesia projects amid credit squeeze

JAKARTA, Nov 18 Nickel smelter developers are putting projects on hold as they struggle to get financing with metal prices near their lowest in more than a decade, industry and government stakeholders said on Wednesday. Indonesia was the world’s top exporter of nickel ore until 2014 when it banned shipments in an effort to push miners to develop downstream, or mineral processing, industries. With abundant reserves of relatively high quality ore investors say there … Continue reading

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System solutions for 3D-Printing

Ludwigshafen and Frankfurt, Germany – BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, Farsoon Hi-tech, a manufacturer of selective laser sintering and melting, and Laser-Sinter-Service (LSS), a supplier of support and field service for additive manufacturing (AM) equipment are cooperating to develop integral solutions for materials, printers, technology and service for 3D printing that can be tailored to meet individual customer needs. The partners are highlighting their collaboration on laser sintering equipment, materials, technology and services … Continue reading

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Graphite Corp. Announces Independent Study Confirming Company Battery Testing

Graphite Corp. (OTCQB: GRPH) (the “Company” or “Graphite Corp”), a company in the nanotechnology, graphene and energy storage sector as a commercializer of promising, disruptive nanotechnologies, announced that a recent third party independent test of Tubz’s anode technology confirmed the results obtained by the Company and Rice University. These results show charging rates which are at least 10 times faster and have a battery capacity 3 times higher than the current commercially available products. … Continue reading

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