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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

Sina Fogden reports that a team from the Graphene Flagship has recently published work showing how it is possible to interface graphene with neuron cells while maintaining the integrity of these vital cells. This work was an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Trieste in Italy, the University Castilla-La Mancha in Spain and the Cambridge Graphene Centre, with nanotechnologists, chemists, biophysicists and neurobiologists all playing an important role.

The Graphene Flagship is a European initiative which promotes a collaborative approach to research with an aim... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Greg Klein reports that with a standout interval of 19.71% total rare earth oxides over 0.82 meters, the last two holes from Commerce Resources winter/spring season continued the Ashram deposit pattern of high grades close to surface. The infill drilling comprised part of a 31-hole, 4,146-meter program to upgrade the northern Quebec project resource for a pre-feasibility study. The latest assays show:

Hole EC15-135

2% total rare earth oxides, 4.6% middle and heavy rare earth oxides and 4.1% fluorite over 22.31 metres, starting at 9.62 metres in downhole depth

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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Scott Koperski reports that following an announcement late last month that a company has successfully tested a scale cell for harvesting rare-earth elements from would-be mining waste, Rare Earth Salts has announced a new partnership in a program to recycle light bulbs. The Beatrice, Nebraska startup company signed a five-year commercial agreement with Rare Earth Recovery Sciences (RERS) to produce separated rare-earth oxides in Beatrice.

Rare Earth Recovery Sciences is a buyer of retorted phosphor powder from fluorescent light bulb. The agreement will launch the company to the prod... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Related Environmental Issues

Marlene A. Condon opines that thanks to the burning of fossil fuels, global climate change is now a term everyone knows. But do we talk about limiting population growth and the particular aspects of consumerism that have brought about this dangerous alteration of our atmosphere? After all, as long as the human population keeps increasing, there will be a corresponding increase in demand for energy just for basic needs, such as heating homes and cooking, never mind the energy needs of our modern era of computers, cell phones, automatic doors that open and close constantly, etc.

Yet a... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/Water Economics / Field Methods and Procedures

Michael R. Shultz blogs that outcropping ancient river deposits illustrates the primary challenge to successful groundwater remediation ... stratigraphic heterogeneity. Encountering heterogeneity in the form of stratigraphic layering is common at every groundwater remediation site where sedimentary aquifers are impacted.

Unfortunately, so too is the common practice of layer labeling and counting in which it is assumed that the first sand encountered when drilling (i.e., the A sand), is a homogeneous, isotropic layer, followed by the next layer, etc. This almost never the case, a... More →
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Index / Environmental Law, Regs & Litigation, State & Fed

Will Stone reports that Arizona State Senate Committee of Water and Energy approved legislation that would roll back a 2007 law that gave counties the power to require developers to get a state certificate proving an adequate 100-year water supply before building.

Cities and towns in rural Arizona could have fewer restrictions on how much water is needed before a subdivision is built. The Senate Committee on Water and Energy approved legislation that would roll back groundwater requirements in counties outside the swath of central Arizona where groundwater is regulated.

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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/Water Economics / Field Methods and Procedures

The Environment Agency in UK has announced guidance for indicative minimum reporting values for selected hazardous substances in clean water in the UK.

These values are to be used in conjunction with groundwater risk assessments involving hazardous substances in the United Kingdom. Guidance to such assessments is presented in...

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/groundwater-risk-assessment-for-your-environmental-permit
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

The BEC Crew report that just last week, we reported that the German revolutionary nuclear fusion machine managed to heat hydrogen gas to 80 million degrees Celsius, and sustain a cloud of hydrogen plasma for a quarter of a second. This was a huge milestone in the decades-long pursuit of controlled nuclear fusion, because if we can produce and hold onto hydrogen plasma for a certain period, we can harness the clean, practically limitless energy that fuels our Sun.

Now physicists in China have announced that their own nuclear fusion machine, called the Experimental Advanced Supercond... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/Water Economics

Gulf Coast Countries are seeing the largest gaps between renewable water supplies and demand. Currently Bahrain uses 220 percent of its renewable water reserves vs. 943 percent for the Saudi Kingdom and 2,465 percent for Kuwait.

The Kingdom has not rivers or lakes and therefore, water demand from groundwater is 98% with the remaining percentage from desalination plants. Of that 98%, 95% is utilized for industrial and human consumption.
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Andrew Topf reports that the U.S. earned less from its mines in 2015 and became more reliant on outside sources for critical metals, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The data comes from statistics gathered by the USGS on about 90 mineral commodities considered essential for the U.S. economy and national security. Concerns have been raised for years that the U.S. is too dependent on other countries, namely China, for rare-earth elements deemed essential for its aerospace and electronics industries, leading to suggestions that the U.S. create a strateg... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Rod Adams reports that Third Way bills itself as a centrist think tank that is not satisfied with just thinking; they take action that gets results. The Jan 27th Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase provided an excellent example of the Third Way ability to seek common ground among people from both major political parties in the U.S.

The event provided the opportunity for speakers from a variety of points around the middle of the political spectrum to share their thoughts about the importance of advanced nuclear technologies and their personal reasons for joining the growing chorus o... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Other, RTGs, Thorium, Helium-3 and Fusion Research

Stuart Gary reports that clean, cheap nuclear energy is often touted as a means to battle climate change. But how close are we to having nuclear plants that fit the clean, green bill? What are the different technologies and what do they offer?

More than 10% of the world electricity currently comes from nuclear power plants. These existing plants all rely on nuclear fission, a chain reaction where uranium atoms are split to release extraordinary amounts of energy and, unfortunately, high levels of radioactive waste (that are stored safely on site). But a different type of nuclear rea... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Andrew Follett reports that academics and activists worried about global warming are begging California Gov. Jerry Brown to save the last nuclear power plant in the state. The group argues California can not meet its global warming goals without the plant, but the push to save it may spark conflict with environmentalists (aka adversaries) who have opposed nuclear power for years.

They were writing as scientists, conservationists, and philanthropists to urge you to do everything in your powers to ensure that California last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon Power Plant, is relicense... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

Leanne Miller reports that closely followed market watcher Dennis Gartman says billionaire Boone Pickens prediction that the bottom is in for oil is off base.

It is a supply circumstance. You can see it in the term structure of the futures market on Friday, when you had a strong rally, the back months led the way up, Gartman told CNBC Fast Money traders on Monday. That is not how bull markets function, that is how bear markets function, and I think Mr. Pickens, a hero of mine, is wrong.

Pickens, who built Mesa Petroleum into a powerhouse and founded BP Capital Management,... More →
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Index / General Resources

In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, America launched the Doolittle Raids on Tokyo. While the actual bombing raids had little impact Japan, it was considered a significant moral victory as it demonstrated that the U.S. could directly attack Tokyo.

In the years following the Doolittle raids, mysterious balloon bombs began decending across the western U.S., Canada, and Mexico. One such device landed just outside Detroit, and in March 1945, one landed at the Handford site where the Manhatten Project research was ongoing.

While the U.S. government kept tight co... More →
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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues / Universities

Professor Richard D. Wolff explains in 50 minutes what socialism is NOT.
Where does the American fear of Socialism, Communism and Marxism come from?

This lecture was presented in May, 2015.

A lifelong professor of economics, Prof. Richard Wolff is a well-known critic of contemporary capitalism and the leading proponent of an alternative economic system based on Worker Self-Directed Enterprises (WSDEs). He has been interviewed on several popular television programs that include: Real Time with Bill Maher, Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company, The Charlie Rose Show, and U... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Clive Cookson reports that the Luxembourg government announced this week that it will promote a commercial asteroid mining industry astonished even seasoned space industry observers. He opines that doubters, like himself, had many questions. Is it feasible to extract materials from asteroids, rock and ice hundreds of millions of miles away, and process them into useful products and commodities? If so, can anyone make money out of it? And even if the economics stack up, why should little Luxembourg be involved?

Further consideration and conversations with the project promoters are be... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

WNN reports that Canada-based GoviEx submitted its mining permit application in July 2015, having completed an environmental and social impact assessment for the project earlier in the year. Last week, the country's government issued the company with a permit to mine uranium at Madouela in the Arlit region of northern Niger.

According to documentation from Niger's Council of Ministers, the scope of GoviEx's licence application covers 243 square kilometres of the site funded by investments of $676 million. GoviEx was awarded exploration permits for Madaouela 1 in 2006, and company ch... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

NEI reports that the Russian state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, in 2015 increased uranium production in Russia by 2%, to 3.055 mt, according to preliminary data from Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ) Uranium Holding. This compares with 2.991 mt in 2014. A spokesman said the cost of production had decreased by 11% compared with 2014. Russia's largest uranium mining company, part of ARMZ, Priagunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (Pimcu) in Krasnokamensk Trans-Baikal Territory, expects 2015 production of natural uranium concentrate in 2015 to total 1.977 mt (7t up on 2014), with 1.080 mt produced b... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Welcome to the December, 2015 edition of the ISEC eNewsletter.

This month's President's Corner talks about why our President is so 'pumped' about space elevators, why you should be too and what you can do to help further this effort.

ISEC is also very pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Via Ad Astra (Road to the Stars), the Space Elevator magazine - a new publication which should appeal to anyone who is interested in science and new ideas.

This issue also contains information about "Sky Line", a new space elevator movie recently released as par... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics

Jeremy Hsu, of Scientific American, reports that a 6-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds a regulation that requires utilities to pay more to customers who conserve power during times of peak demand. In response Hsu opines that Any American who pays electricity bills has good reason to care that earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court voted in support of a federal rule to compensate customers who conserve energy during peak periods. The practice can reduce the chance for blackouts and lower electricity prices for everyone by easing loads on the power grid as well as promote energy conservation... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics

Matt Geiger blogs that the 5-year commodity bear market accelerated in 2015. The prices of virtually all commodities (soft or hard) saw double-digit declines. There were a few specific commodities that had remarkably bad years. The most newsworthy of course was oil, with both Brent and WTI seeing a roughly 45% drop in 2015.

Base metals were mixed, with nickel experiencing a particularly negative 12 months. Copper prices slid close to 25% in 2015. Supply or demand dynamics indicate that there could be more pain ahead for Zn but saw a similar decline but global supply or demand dynami... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

Matthew Spizziri reports that the Alabama Graphite Corp. announced results from down-stream lithium-ion battery tests recently performed on the Company Coated Spherical Purified Graphite that was produced from flake graphite obtained from the Company Coosa Graphite Project in Alabama.

1. Independent battery testing evaluated CSPG produced by the Company proprietary CSPG manufacturing process. The test results demonstrated that AGC CSPG responded very well in CR2016 lithium-ion battery coin cell (half-cell with Lithium counter electrode) performance testing.

2. A total of... More →
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Index / Climate Change, Anthropocene & Associated Issues

Zalasiewicza, et al., report that the rise of plastics since the mid-20th century, both as a material element of modern life and as a growing environmental pollutant, has been widely described. Their distribution in both the terrestrial and marine realms suggests that they are a key geological indicator of the Anthropocene, as a distinctive strata component. Most immediately evident in terrestrial deposits, they are clearly becoming widespread in marine sedimentary deposits in both shallow- and deep-water settings. They are abundant and widespread as macroscopic fragments and virtually ubiquit... More →
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Index / International Resources, Funding Society Responses

S. Afsah, K. Salcito and C. Wielga (the authors) report that Energy Efficiency is an over-rated policy tool when it comes to cutting energy use and CO2 emissions ... that is the basic message promoted by the U.S. think tank, the Breakthrough Institute (BTI), and amplified in major news outlets like the New Yorker and the New York Times. Their logic is that every action to conserve energy through efficient use leads to an opposite reaction to consume more energy, a rebound mechanism, which, according to the BTI, can negate as much as 60-100% of saved energy, and in some cases can backfire to in... More →
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