Monthly Archives: December 2015

ORNL achieves milestone with Plutonium-238 sample

With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions. Plutonium-238 produces heat as it decays and can be used in systems that power spacecraft instruments. The new sample, which is in the same oxide powder form used to manufacture heat sources for power … Continue reading

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With DOE Grant, UW to Study Retrieval of RareEarth Elements from CoalAsh

December 22, 2015 — University of Wyoming researchers have received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a way to recover rare earth elements from the ash of Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal. UW’s research project is one of 10 from around the country selected to receive funding from DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to support the lab’s program on recovering rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts. … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s top female Researchers win recognition

Indonesia’s women scientists are on a mission to improve human lives. They are creating various innovations, from water purifiers and anti-viruses to alternative energy sources and standard methods for authenticating specialty Indonesian coffee. Anawati from Sumbawa University of Technology (UTS) in West Nusa Tenggara is the creator of a portable water purifier to tackle water problems on Sumbawa Island. She is concerned with the situation that forces local people to consume inappropriate water because … Continue reading

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Judge blocks Brazilian assets of Vale, BHP after dam burst

A judge in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais has frozen the Brazilian assets of mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale SA after determining their joint venture Samarco was unable to pay for damage caused by the bursting of a dam at its mine last month. In a ruling issued late on Friday, the judge ruled that Vale and BHP could be held responsible for the disaster at the iron ore mine in the state … Continue reading

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‘Enough power for Mars lander’: NASA tests first 3D Printed Space engine

A fully 3D-printed rocket engine is almost complete: 75 percent of all the necessary parts have already been manufactured, put together and successfully tested by NASA. The 3D-printed engine parts, all combined in a real space propulsion system, generated 20,000 pounds of thrust when they were test-fired with cryogenic liquid hydrogen and oxygen by a team from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. “We manufactured and then tested about 75 percent of … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Smelting industry demands incentives amid price slump

Companies running mineral smelters and those developing them are demanding incentives from the government to help sustain their processing activities amid pressure from the slumping prices of their mineral products. The incentives could be in the form of tax omissions when purchasing mineral ores or tax holidays for companies developing processing facilities, according to the secretary-general of the newly established Processing and Smelting Companies Association (AP3I), Haykel Hubies. “We want the government to provide … Continue reading

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Large Chinese Copper smelters eye deeper production cuts: Smelter executive

Nine large copper smelters in China have agreed that they could deepen planned production cuts next year beyond 350,000 tonnes proposed earlier if prices and profitability deteriorate, an executive at one of the smelters said on Saturday. The agreement followed a quarterly executive meeting by the producers on Saturday in Shanghai to discuss the concentrate and metal markets, and to assess progress since the production cuts agreed in late November. The smelters are members … Continue reading

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Stake in top Chilean Lithium producer SQM put on block

Dec 18 A stake in Chile-based SQM, one of the world’s top lithium producers, is up for grabs after an indirect shareholder said it had begun a sale process of its holding. Oro Blanco said in a statement on Friday it had decided after a consultation process to invite buyers to make an offer for its entire holding in Pampa Calichera. Oro Blanco holds a little over 88 percent of Pampa Calichera, which in … Continue reading

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Nickel Producers Hammered in Indonesia as Metal Price Slumps 40%

Almost two years after Indonesia, the largest producer of mined nickel, banned ore exports to nurture its metals industry, fledgling smelters are being pummeled by a plunge of more than 40 percent in prices. The chief executive officer of one of the biggest producers, a Chinese-Indonesian venture called Tsingshan Bintangdelapan Group, says with output costs at $10,000 to $11,000 a metric ton, he’s making a $2,000 loss on every ton he ships. While CEO … Continue reading

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RioTinto bets on Lithium as Tesla yet to sign major supply deal

Mining giant Rio Tinto (LON:RIO) wants to be one of the first major miners to get a grip on the lithium market, one of the very few commodities, if not the only one, that has remained unaffected by the ongoing rout in metals and fuel prices. According to the company’s chief executive of diamonds and minerals, Alan Davies, Rio is already seeking strategic alliances with battery or car manufacturers to underpin the development of … Continue reading

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