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New high-tech 'yarn' could make electricity: study

Researchers in the United States and South Korea have invented a new kind of yarn that can generate electricity when it is stretched or twisted, said a study Thursday, 24 August...

25 Aug 2017

Wits professor receives Pierre M Gy Sampling Gold Medal
Wits professor receives Pierre M Gy Sampling Gold Medal

At the Eighth World Conference on Sampling and Blending 2017 in Perth, Australia, Professor Dick Minnitt, JCI Professor of Mineral Resources and Reserves at Wits University's School of Mining Engineering, received the Pierre M Gy Sampling Gold Medal...

23 Aug 2017

Algal biofuel production is neither environmentally nor commercially sustainable
Algal biofuel production is neither environmentally nor commercially sustainable

Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s...

By Kevin Flynn 11 Aug 2017

Louise Steenekamp, director: energy & natural resources for Southern Africa, Wipro Limited
Cutting mining costs with 3D printing

Mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale 3D printing for the spare parts and components of machinery could reduce costs and downtime...

By Louise Steenekamp 10 Aug 2017

Researchers Ahmed Eleish (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Shaunna Morrison (Carnegie Institution of Science). Photo: Anirudh Prabhu
Crime-tracking tools could point to new mineral reserves

Striking gold used to be a matter of luck, but tools used to track criminals, diseases and social networks could soon uncover vast troves of valuable minerals...

2 Aug 2017

SA engineering proves its mettle at Phillippines mine
SA engineering proves its mettle at Phillippines mine

Three South African engineering firms designed and built the headgear, shaft collar and winder house for the Philsaga Mining Corporation in the Philippines...

6 Jul 2017

Knox Msebenzi, CEO of Niasa. Photo: EE Publishing
#YouthMonth: Debunking the myths about nuclear

The class of 2017 must remember and take heed of the example set by the youth of 1976, who understood the importance of education...

19 Jun 2017

John Flannery
General Electric appoints new CEO

NEW YORK, US: General Electric on Monday announced the departure of chief executive Jeff Immelt, who had made the risky bet of refocusing the American conglomerate on its industrial roots...

13 Jun 2017

Modernisation pioneers offered a test mine
Modernisation pioneers offered a test mine

A team of mining researchers have been gifted an underground South African mine to test new ideas and technologies...

By Allan Seccombe 6 Jun 2017

By jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) –
How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future

To sustain a population of 9.7 billion people by 2050, the world is going to need innovations that make careful use of the available resources, human and environmental...

By Frank Tietze 17 May 2017

Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions
Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2°C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit carbon emissions...

By Simon Redfern 24 Apr 2017

Making blast sites safer with technology
Making blast sites safer with technology

A local blasting company is adapting mineral scanning technology to identify reactive ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents...

18 Apr 2017

Geodata portal will help East African development
Geodata portal will help East African development

A public-private pilot project and a geodata portal have been launched that will guide resource investment in the eastern African region...

5 Apr 2017

What conventional and unconventional really mean in oil and gas
What conventional and unconventional really mean in oil and gas

There is some confusion in the oil and gas industry around the terms conventional and unconventional with respect to oil and gas projects...

By Tarryn Orford 3 Apr 2017

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way
Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

27 Mar 2017

Jana Jacob
Wits research unearths innovation in mining

The sustained, high level of quality research at Wits School of Mining Engineering puts it at the cutting edge of mining innovation...

13 Mar 2017

Blasting technology reduces lightning strike risk
Blasting technology reduces lightning strike risk

Besides the inherent risks of blasting at opencast mines and quarries to life and productivity, lightning also poses a danger to personnel and equipment...

27 Feb 2017

Professor Fred Cawood
Improving mining H&S through collaboration

Health & Safety go hand in hand in the mining industry, while there has been a huge improvement in safety, health has been left behind...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2017

Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid
Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid

Powering the Impala Platinum Refinery using fuel cell technology...

13 Feb 2017

Low water levels aid plans for rehabilitation of Kariba Dam
Low water levels aid plans for rehabilitation of Kariba Dam

In the months ahead, the Kariba Dam hydroelectric scheme must deal with the twin challenges of not holding enough water on the one hand and too much of it on the other...

By Tom Nevin 18 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Solar could be the cheapest power on earth
#BizTrends2017: Solar could be the cheapest power on earth

Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. And in less than a decade, it's likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere...

By Jessica Shankleman and Chris Martin 9 Jan 2017

Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future
Community-scale projects are Africa's energy future

The 17th annual African Utility Week will take place from 16-18 May 2017 at the CTICC in Cape Town...

21 Dec 2016

New emulsion explosives technology ups Modder East's advance rate
New emulsion explosives technology ups Modder East's advance rate

Gold One's Modder East operation has rolled out an innovative infrastructure to use emulsion explosives for all 70 of its underground narrow-reef stope panels...

14 Dec 2016

Initiative uses technology for miner safety
Initiative uses technology for miner safety

A new initiative focuses on accurately locating workers relative to mine risks using GPS-like underground positioning...

13 Dec 2016

Young entrepreneurs shine at the 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business Awards
Young entrepreneurs shine at the 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business Awards

Ithala Development Finance Corporation's 2016 Inkunz'isematholeni Youth in Business competition recently drew to a close after the evaluation of all business concepts that were submitted...

Issued by Ithala Development Finance Corporation 2 Dec 2016

A smart 'switch' in photosynthesis holds lessons for solar technology
A smart 'switch' in photosynthesis holds lessons for solar technology

Photosynthetic organisms like plants are the ultimate natural solar panels...

By Tjaart Krüger and Michal Gwizdala 2 Dec 2016

Is diversity really so scary?
Is diversity really so scary?

I know we have our messy diversity down here. But, whatever the results from the Brexit and US Presidential election might suggest, I believe that diversity presents a real advantage...

By Peter Horszowski, Issued by Pert Industrials 29 Nov 2016

Sunflare develops the world's first stick-on solar paneling
Sunflare develops the world's first stick-on solar paneling

The new ultra-thin solar wallpaper can be applied to just about anything...

By Lindsay Samson 11 Nov 2016

Young artisans to gain from nuclear build
Young artisans to gain from nuclear build

It is a pity that the nuclear energy debate has been shrouded by what appears to be serious ideologues from the two sides; and, unsurprisingly, very rarely have cooler heads been allowed a voice. The litigation and policy ambivalence hasn't made things easier...

By Gaopalelwe Santswere 11 Nov 2016

MIT breaks new ground on the road to clean energy
MIT breaks new ground on the road to clean energy

Scientists achieve the highest plasma pressure ever recorded...

7 Nov 2016

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