New Features information at Mining Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Mining Technology Amber mining: an industry trapped in time and tragedy Illegal amber mining is flourishing in Russia and the Ukraine, but as local gangs take advantage of the bountiful stone, the environment is quickly being decimated. Can the government quell this ‘Baltic gold’ rush? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:03:00 GMT Rock stars: the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame welcomes five new inductees Every year the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame celebrates those who have helped make the mining industry what it is over the last century. This year, five new people were honoured at the sell-out awards in Toronto. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:38:00 GMT MINE digital magazine: issue 55 In this issue: Obama’s parting shot at coal, the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, inching towards automation, Indonesia’s new regulations, ICMM’s water management commitments, profiling cobalt, and more. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:15:00 GMT Mine automation clears giant hurdle In the coming years, automation will change underground mining beyond all recognition. Nnamdi Anyadike examines some of the key innovations currently underway. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Trump deals body blow to Obama’s energy legacy In December, the Interior Department rushed through a water protection regulation. It was designed to update a 30-year-old standard with stiff new requirements for how mining companies test and monitor streams - and tie Trump’s hands. But will it hol… Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Arrested development: why Indonesia lifted its mining export ban The Indonesian Government is hoping to kick-start its economy by lifting a partial ban on exports of metal ore and mineral concentrates, a policy originally aimed at boosting domestic processing and reducing the South East Asian nation’s exposure to … Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT February's top stories: South32-AusQuest alliance, Ausdrill's $150m contract extension South32 and AusQuest form exploration alliance, Ausdrill gets more than $150m contract extensions in Western Australia. wraps-up the key headlines from February 2017. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Breaking free: weathering the risks facing mining in 2017 Ernst & Young’s (EY) latest mining risk report identifies the top ten risks facing the industry, including cash optimisation, access to capital and productivity. EY global mining & metals leader Miguel Zweig tells Julian Turner why companies must bre… Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 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