​Mining And How It Can Affect Food Security In Africa

In 1996 the World Food Summit came up with a definition for 'food security', namely that it is achieved " at the individual, household, national, regional and global levels, when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and heal...
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Looming Changes For FIFO Employees In Western Australia

​ There could be interesting changes (challenges?) ahead for Australian mining's FIFO workers, at least for the foreseeable future. Whilst the sector has certainly seen some changes since the pandemic that is COVID-19 hit the world, they could well pale by comparison to those in the pipeline!  Australia, and one state in particular, leads the ...
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How Some Of Our Common Metals Got Their Names

Mercury Have you ever wondered how many of the familiar, and not so familiar metals we're surrounded by got their names? And their sometimes seemingly totally unrelated symbols? Actinium (Ac)… …is a not very abundant radioactive metal. Actinium is silvery white in colour and has an eerie characteristic. It glows blue in the dark, which may be ...
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​The Future For Gold – Is It Brighter Than Ever?

The price of gold is soaring to new levels despite, or perhaps because of, the woes befalling the global economy, and pundits predict it will go higher yet, smashing all sorts of previous records. Will it, and just what makes this particular metal so special?  Where Does Most Of The World's Gold Currently End Up? It's a funny thing but – our f...
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​Gold: A Trip Down Memory Lane

For more than 6000 years, gold has held its place at the head of the economics value chain. This unswerving longevity has produced a confidence that this situation isn't likely to change anytime soon. Historically gold has underpinned governments, currencies, and entire economies. It still does – gold is the only metal central banks and governments...
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Bacteria And Biomining

​ What do humans, microbes and living organisms in general have in common? We all need metals to catalyse the enzyme and cellular reactions that form the basis of life. In mammals, copper for example is needed to set off the chain reactions that produce pigment. Pigment helps protect us from UV damage. Magnesium works synergistically with calcium t...
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​Making Mining Employment Less Challenging

One of the world's major mining economies is stepping up to the plate and making it less challenging to find a job in the industry. That's not to say it's 'easy' to get one, or less time consuming though. Indeed, for those after a particular position, it may still be a waiting game. However, the Australian Government is on a path to make the proces...
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Handy Tips For Working In A Post-Covid Work Place

​ As some countries ease restrictions and people prepare to return to work, even though the global health crisis that is Covid-19 is very far from over, we take a look at some of the ways in which employers can make the process a whole lot safer for employees. We also consider some of the expectations from employees when they are considering return...
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​Dozens, And Counting, of Uses For Silver

Silver has been playing second investment fiddle to its more popular cousin gold for some time but that doesn't mean it isn't a vary valuable commodity in its own right. It also probably doesn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that where gold goes, silver isn't usually very far behind. In other words, the two commodities often share similar...
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Mining And Superannuation

​ Mining and superannuation (pension) funds: they 'go together like' that impossible to remember line from the hit movie Grease. However, in this instance we're not talking about you and your particular fund, or explaining why it's important to have a super or pension fund. Rather we're talking about the huge growth in these funds, the unprecedente...
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Circular Economics, Reprocessing Waste And Mining

​ Mining is an all too often wasteful industry. It's also a polluting industry. However, as investors and the community in general increasingly pressure the industry to fix these issues, some companies are rising to the challenge. It's somewhat ironic that as mining searches for and digs up valuable new resources, it is often simultaneously spewing...
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When Past Meets Present, And There's An Explosion

A series of events playing out in Western Australia's Pilbara region at the moment looks set to have a significant role in changing the way both social and official mining licences are granted. The story thus far involves a large corporation and 48,000 years of indigenous heritage. Ironically, the Goliath involved in this tussle has been warning th...
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​Asteroid Mining – Fact Or Wild Science Fiction?

The SpaceX launch could be more significant than merely signalling the beginnings of private space travel! It costs Elon Musk less than $3,000 per kilo of payload to have his rocket orbiting the solar system. Back in the day, it used to cost the US government close to $55,000 per kilo, putting it out of reach of everyone but governments. And billio...
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​Unusual Ways To Repurpose Old Mines

Digging holes in the ground invariably leaves, well, holes in the ground. Especially when a significant portion of what has come out of the hole is not there anymore. Such is the dilemma that has faced mining companies for decades. Today, many jurisdictions dictate that companies submit rehabilitation plans as a condition of getting a licence to di...
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​Going Green – A Major Consideration For Mining CEO's

Companies go 'green' for various reasons, many of which overlap. At one end of the scale we have owners, boards, and executive managers who are so dedicated to sustainability they're doing it regardless, even if it means having to create a niche market for their products. At the other end, we have those who couldn't care less because they're all ab...
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​Should Mining CEO's Be Concerned About 'Tech Heads' Getting Involved In Mining?

What do Elon Reeve Musk FRS, William Henry Gates III, Jeffrey Preston Bezos, and Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson have in common? Apart from their money? Quite a lot as it turns out. All of them have made their fortunes on the back of innovative, creative ideas that push boundaries, as have many others like them. They're invariably involved in ...
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Mining's Evolving Role In A Post Covid-19 World

Is it the pandemic we had to have? For decades, if not centuries, Mother Nature has been copping a hammering at the hands of humans. As Covid-19 tightened its grip on the globe and forced some of our most polluting industries to halt, we've seen miraculous happenings.  Take the reports from India for instance about being able to see the Himala...
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​Rock Phosphate Mining – Viable Industry Or Environmental Millstone?

Phosphorus and calcium are the 2 most abundant minerals in our body. Fortunately, a healthy balanced diet that contains enough protein also generally supplies enough of these 2 essential minerals. The most common dietary sources for humans include meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs. Phosphorus in particular is needed for a multitude of f...
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​Your Diet And How It Can Improve Your Immunity

Having a healthy immune system has never been so important as it is with the current global health crisis. Nutritionists and health professionals prefer to say that a healthy diet plays a vital role in supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system rather than boosting it per se. Either way, eating a diet rich in 'immune system booster foods' a...
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Keeping Your Immune System Healthy

With the mining industry staying open in some countries throughout the COVID pandemic, and given there are known health issues in certain sectors proven to affect immune system health, we take a look at what you can do to help keep yourself, and your immune system, healthy.  Our immune system is a remarkable thing. When it detects a foreign in...
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