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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​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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​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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Long Term Evolution Networks – What Are They, And Are They Important To Mining?

​ According to Techopedia "Long Term Evolution (LTE) refers to a standard for smooth and efficient transition toward more advanced leading-edge technologies to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networks. LTE is often used to refer to wireless broadband or mobile network technologies." A possibly more 'user-friendly' and definitely mo...
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​Investing In The Future

As the world of mining broaches new technologies, and moves further and further into the realms of what just 50 years ago would have been the stuff of science fiction, mere humans are in danger of being left behind.  At least those who have been around for a while and aren't necessarily quite so adaptive may be!So what is an enterprising ...
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How Will Technology Affect My Job Or Chances Of Getting One?

In today's increasingly automated workplace environment, this is a thought on the forefront of many minds, particularly in the mining industry. Mining is one of the industries leading the way when it comes to automation and technology. Global giant Rio Tinto is a world leader across many different types of technologies – they own the largest automa...
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​Wearables – Innovative Or Invasive Technology?

First there was the smartphone and now we have wearables. These devices, also referred to as wearable technology or wearable devices, are becoming the norm rather than the exception in today's increasingly high tech working environments. But what exactly are 'wearables'? Many smartphone devotees these days would consider that device to be a wearabl...
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Theme Parks, The Grand Egyptian Museum, And Your Local Mine – What Could They Have In Common?

​Th e entertainment industry long ago realised the value of virtual reality. The technology allows us to walk with dinosaurs, and do any number of absolutely amazing things that are 'virtually' impossible to do in real life. The recently opened Grand Egyptian Museum for example offers intending visitors the opportunity to take a virtual walk throug...
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Blockchain - The New Kid On The Block For Mining

​ If you know anything about cryptocurrency, you probably also know a bit about blockchain technology. Because it was originally designed to be a public transaction ledger for cryptocurrencies, namely Bitcoin, it has a lot of built in security features to reduce theft and fraud. For those who may not know all that much about it, here's a quick Bloc...
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