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Mining companies face moment of reckoning

Mining companies face moment of reckoning

Desecration is a word no one wants levelled at them. For mining giant Rio Tinto, it’s one it has heard a lot in recent months. Some of its actions in Australia have been widely condemned and resulted in the departure of senior executives. We dive into the damage done by the scandal.

Out of thin air: tracking underground miners in poor connection areas

Out of thin air: tracking underground miners in poor connection areas

A new project developed at Nazarbayev University’s Institute for Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence, Kazakhstan, could improve the safety of miners underground. The new technology is being developed to determine the location of miners based on an algorithm of available Wi-Fi spot signals and inertial measurement unit sensors. We find out more about the venture.

Made in Australia: why is the Pentagon investing in Australian rare earths?

Made in Australia: why is the Pentagon investing in Australian rare earths?

Efforts by the US to reduce its reliance on China for rare earths have taken a new turn, with the Department of Defense now bankrolling a rare earths refinery in Texas, to be built by Australia’s Lynas Rare Earths. We look into this new example of state-level investment in rare earths projects, and what it could mean for the future of an ever-escalating resource conflict.

Mining companies filing the most patents in Q1 2021 (source: GlobalData)

Assignee Filings
JFE Holdings Inc 387
Kobe Steel Ltd 194
Hitachi Ltd 190
POSCO 168
Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd 148
Mitsubishi Group 90
ArcelorMittal SA 67
Jinchuan Group Co Ltd 65
Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co Ltd 38
SASAC 35

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