New Features information at Mining Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Mining Technology MINE digital magazine: issue 54 In this issue: The mission to mine on Mars, a war on man-made diamonds, illegal mining in Pakistan, managing microbes at sites, new end-of-life technologies, analysing market risks, and more. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:02:00 GMT Sands of Mars: digging up the red planet The prospect of manned missions to Mars has prompted a new wave of research and speculation on the role that robotic excavators could play in the eventual colonisation of the red planet. NASA is working on automated mining technologies that could hel… Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mining companies and the war against man-made diamonds Natural diamond miners are concerned synthetic diamonds may be falsely traded as precious organic gems, threatening consumer confidence in their product. Miners such as De Beers are taking steps to safeguard the sector, but what can be done? Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Why is illegal mining flourishing in Pakistan? Many challenges face Pakistan as it strives to stamp out illegal mining and attract investment to take full advantage of its rich variety of resources. As the eight-year ban on excavation in the Northern Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ends, Molly Lem… Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Talking collision avoidance and advanced mining vehicle technology with Hexagon Hexagon Mining’s new vehicle intervention system (VIS) adds a powerful layer of protection to its well-established SAFEmine collision avoidance solution. Julian Turner talks to product manager Fabien Kritter about collision mitigation, mining digital… Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT January's top stories: Rio Tinto to sell Australian unit, SML raises Redmoor stake Rio Tinto signed a binding agreement for the sale of Australian subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries to Yancoal Australia for $2.45bn, and Strategic Minerals (SML) revealed plans to increase its ownership in the UK Redmoor Tin / Tungsten project. Mini… Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Could a virus spell the end of acid rock drainage? Microbes play a huge part in mining, both good and bad. But thanks to a new study by the University of British Columbia, which successfully identified and isolated the microbes responsible for acid rock drainage, the good may soon outweigh the bad. M… Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT End of life: how are new technologies helping to shut down spent mines? The closure of a mine site is an intensive process, requiring the removal of a wide range of dangerous equipment and waste in order to return it to a safe ecological area. But technology has come a long way over the last few years to ease the process… Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:39:00 GMT Microscopic curiosities: the business of unearthing new minerals Discoveries of new mineral samples are rare but in October 2016, after some painstaking work, a US-based physics professor announced the discovery of a new mineral called merelaniite, from the Merelani mining district in Tanzania. So what happens to … Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT MINE digital magazine: issue 53 In this issue: Canada’s foreign human rights record, prospecting in Ecuador, finding new minerals, neutralising mine acid waste, tracing Australia’s METS sector journey, airborne medics in Africa, and more. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:49:00 GMT Canada’s mining ombudsman: oversight at last but is it too little too late? Canada looks set to appoint an independent ombudsman to monitor alleged human rights abuses carried out overseas by its mining companies. But will it stop the rot? Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Terra CO2: Canadian start-up to neutralise mine acid waste A first-of-a-kind system developed in Canada could tackle two of the mining industry’s biggest environmental problems simultaneously. Elly Earls meets Dylan Jones, CEO of Terra CO2 Technologies to find out more about this carbon dioxide-busting acid … Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:04:00 GMT METS Ignited: Australia’s mining technology services sector preps for growth In a bid to grow the A$90m Australian mining equipment, technology and services sector, government-funded initiative METS Ignited has compiled a ten-year industry-led plan to strengthen the sector after some challenging years of limited activity due … Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:41:00 GMT Gold rush: can Ecuador attract $8bn in new mining investment by 2024? Major players including BHP Billiton and Hancock Prospecting are set to sink an estimated $1bn of foreign direct investment into Ecuador’s nascent mining industry this year. Julian Turner finds out what’s in store as companies line up to take advanta… Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT A wealth of opportunity: Wealth Minerals CEO Henk Van Alphen talks lithium in Chile Wealth Minerals is embarking on a new lithium project in the Atacama Salar of Chile. As the energy sector doubles down on renewable technology, demand for lithium-ion batteries is growing exponentially and with Atacama’s famously high-grade resource … Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT Med Air Africa: Mobile healthcare for the most remote mines Med Air Africa is helping to bring essential medical support to mines in hostile and remote corners of Africa, providing doctors and emergency assistance. Molly Lempriere speaks to the company’s founder to find out what it takes to support miners in … Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:43:00 GMT 2016: The year's biggest Mining Technology stories Richmont Mines received amendments for Ontario mine, and Rio Tinto sold Mount Pleasant thermal coal assets in Australia. wraps-up the key headlines from 2016. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT What now for Caterpillar in the post-Oberhelman era? Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman retires in March, having led the company through arguably the most turbulent period in its 91-year history. Julian Turner assesses his legacy and asks how the world’s leading manufacturer of mining equipme… Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Unshackled: will mining capital flow more freely in 2017? For five years mining companies have been hard pressed to maintain liquidity. But could the capital constraints be loosened in 2017? Nnamdi Anyadike investigates. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT How can mining support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? The International Council on Mining and Metals has released new guidance to the industry on how miners can support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demonstrating how the council’s ten principles for sustainable mining intersect with the… Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:58:00 GMT