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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.

Poland pledges to phase out coal by 2049

In response, industry representatives have agreed to close all coal mines by the target date, as workers in the coal-mining region of Silesia, southern Poland, will receive severance payments. The…