All articles by Heidi Vella

  1. Discovering new mining deposits with big data

    Understanding more about mineral formations and physical properties has high value for academics, miners, material scientists and engineers alike. And…
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    23 Oct
  2. Opening the lid on North Korea’s untapped mineral reserves

    The world watched in awe in June as US President Donald Trump shook hands and co-signed a ‘de-nuclearisation’ agreement in…
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    15 Aug
  3. Making the most of Western Australia’s lithium hoard

    The ongoing green energy revolution, driven by the Paris Agreement, is expected to boost the demand for lithium-ion batteries exponentially…
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    6 Aug
  4. Inside China’s move to monopolise cobalt

    The blueish-grey chemical element cobalt has emerged from relative obscurity to reach notoriety as a key component of lithium-ion batteries…
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    4 Jun
  5. Can Michelin make the right moves in mining?

    Michelin is one of the top three biggest tire manufacturers in the world. Since being founded in France in 1889,…
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    10 May
  6. #MeTooMining: tackling sexual misconduct in the mining industry

    ‘We come in peace, but we mean business’ is the strapline for the Me Too Mining Association website launched in…
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    30 Apr
  7. Blockchain: the path to a more transparent mining supply chain?

    Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records logged in a decentralised, immutable, cryptographically secured online ledger. All information recorded…
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    9 Apr
  8. Blessing and curse: understanding the social impact of Chinese mining in Africa

    Around half of China’s total out-bound investments from 2005 to 2016 went into the energy and mining sectors of foreign…
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    18 Jan
  9. A Year in Mining: Stability, Digitalisation and Opposition

    This year, the international mining industry experienced growth in key commodities, including coal, copper and iron ore, with slight increases…
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    17 Jan
  10. The fourth industrial revolution: bringing AI to mining

    The concept of the digital mine is nothing new, but implementation of digital technologies in the mining sector has been…
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    19 Dec