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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Rachael Rettner reports that researchers found the parasite, called rat lungworm, living in rats and snails in 5 Florida counties in both the central and northern parts of the state. Rat lungworm was previously found in southern Florida, and the new study is one of the first to show the extent of the parasite spread across the state.

The researchers warned that the parasite, which is typically found in the tropics and only recently appeared in the continental U.S., will likely continue to expand its range in this country. They said that the parasite apparent ability to thrive in are... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

Graphene membranes may be capable of removing salt from seawater. It would aid millions of people without access to clean drinking water. The new technology is now being tested against existing desalination membranes.

See Video.

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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/ / Remediation Methods and Tools

Published on Jun 26, 2017

A short animation showing how soil and groundwater contamination at a dry cleaner was remediated by St. John-Mittelhauser & Associates using soil vapor extraction and biological injections.

For more information please visit www.st-ma.com or email Jim Depa at jimd@st-ma.com.
Also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Y1dPGkG5Q
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Mineral Exploration Activities - General

For those who missed the Monday Webinar, please find a link here to the YouTube Recording.
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Matthew Daly, of the Associated Press, shows his bias in the title. A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed (stalled) nuclear waste dump (facility?) at Nevada Yucca Mt, while also moving forward (evaluating?) separate plans for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.

Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.

Republican Reps. Greg Walde... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The nuclear industry brought more than 9 GWe of new plant generation of electricity on line last year, the largest annual increase in 25 years, according to a new World Nuclear Association report, putting it on track to achieve the Harmony goal of providing 25% of electricity in 2050 using 1,000 GWe of new capacity.

In the World Nuclear Performance Report 2017, the Association detailed power generation and construction achievements for the previous year. The ten new reactors which came on line in 2016 added 9.1 GWe to global capacity and took the total nuclear capacity supplying el... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Dr. Conca reports that Americans apparently want to drink clean water even more than they want to breath clean air. A new public survey and study was conducted in May by Nestle Waters North America on 4,756 American adults across the lower 48 states.

The Perspectives on American Water Study, released yesterday at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival on innovative solutions in Colorado, asked the respondents to share their views on water-related topics. The overall take-away from the survey is that ...

1. Clean drinking water is more important than clean air to Americans,
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Index / Education, Ethics, Society, Employment Issues / Non-Science Issues

Davidson, et al., opine that 16 years into the 21st Century, many are dismayed at the resiliency of skepticism about science in the U.S. On wide-ranging subjects, such as vaccinations, genetically modified foods. climate change, evolution, and the age and origin of the Earth and universe, a sizable percentage of the population continues to hold and promote views that run counter to common scientific understanding. An oft-cited Gallup poll (2015) illustrates the lack of progress. In l982, a question was posed regarding beliefs about human evolution. At the time, 44% believed God made humans in ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Mineral Exploration Activities - General

The largest, most significant technological innovations depend on minerals. Take beryllium, for example, which has properties that help advance and improve nearly every modern American industry. In 2015, the U.S. produced 275 tons of beryllium, 92% of the world beryllium resources mined that year. In the U.S., the majority of domestic produced beryllium is found in Utah, but reserves can also be found in Alaska.

Because of its low density, beryllium is lightweight and pliable. In fact, it is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel, making it perfectly suited for alloys used in... More →
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Index / Hydrogeology/Geology/Environmental/ / Field Methods and Procedures

Peter Chawaga reports that in the U.S., arsenic concentrations in excess of the drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 15 mg/l in groundwater from public wells are distributed across the U.S., but 75% of these wells are in the western U.S., said Babur Mirza, a member of the research team. In basin-fill aquifers in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, 10% of domestic wells sampled had arsenic in excess of the MCL. The Cache Valley Basin is located 128 kilometers northeast of Salt Lake City.

A survey of domestic wells in this basin showed that 17% of the 161 w... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Mindy Weisberger reports that satellites orbiting Earth and other planets in the solar system travel at thousands of miles per hour, their missions spanning years or even decades. They were built to last on their own, but how might space agencies service them if parts break down, or if they run low on fuel?

That is where space robots come in, according to panelists speaking at Future Con, a convention held in Washington, D.C., where talks and exhibits explored the intersection of cutting-edge science with science fiction and popular culture. At a June 18 panel Robots in Space, NASA ... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Jay Bennett reports that DARPA announced that it has selected Boeing to design and build a new reusable, hypersonic spaceplane called the Phantom Express that would fly into high suborbital altitudes to launch satellites into orbit before coming back down to land horizontally like an airplane.

The unmanned craft, part of the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, would release a small expendable upper stage rocket after it reaches suborbital altitudes. The upper stage would continue to carry the payload to orbit while the first stage, the spaceplane itself, would bank and return to... More →
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Index / Astrogeology, Asteroids, Robots, Extraterrestrials

Alwmark and Meier opine that scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the same time, a few studies have found evidence that the large extinction events on Earth, such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, repeat themselves every 26 to 30 million years.

Given that there is good evidence that an asteroid contributed to the dinosaur extinction, it makes sense to ask whether showers of asteroids could be to blame for regular extinction events. The question is extremely important, if we could prove... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury reports that nuclear power generation may no longer be an attractive proposition in certain pioneering countries in the sector primarily owing to bankruptcy issues. But Russia continues to invest in this form of energy both in domestic and international markets and now possesses the most advanced (Generation 3 plus) reactor in Novovoronezh, about 600 kms from Moscow.

The technology in Novovoronezh is being offered to Bangladesh for its maiden nuclear power plant and could be offered to India for the second Russian built six set of reactors. The generation III... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Katie Fehrenbacher reports that As the wind gusts across the rural plains of Idaho rise and fall, a new type of nuclear plant could react in kind, generating more and less power in tandem with the wind farm. That is the vision laid out in a new paper from nuclear startup NuScale Power using computer models for a planned nuclear farm built near the Horse Butte Wind Project in Idaho. The company, founded a decade ago, recently looked at how its modular nuclear reactors could follow clean energy, lowering and raising electricity output, if needed.

The surge of wind and solar in grids a... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources)

Dr. Conca reports that last week, twenty-one prominent scientists issued a sharp critique to one of their own scientists. Mark Jacobson of Stanford said America could easily become 100% renewable by mid-century, but refused to acknowledge sound scientific principles in his research and address major errors pointed out by the scientific community. And then he played politics.

The critique is so unusual that the group of scientists only decided to issue it when Jacobson refused to correct obvious scientific errors even as he began to seriously influence public policy and political act... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Nolan and Weber opine that uranium (U) contamination of groundwater has been primarily
associated with anthropogenic activities such as mining, milling, nuclear testing, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel. However, groundwater U concentrations across the United States exceed the U.S. EPA MCL of 30 mg/L in many regions, including those without
anthropogenic U activity, indicating a source of natural U contamination. This is significant because consumption of U-contaminated drinking water has been linked to nephrotoxicity and osteotoxicity and, thus, poses a health risk.

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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

Cosmic radiation is a well-known cause of single-event upsets (SEU) or disruption to electrical circuits in electronic devices. It most commonly occurs and is reported for devices such as laptop computers, cell phones, and personal digital assistants. We report on 3 patients with implantable cardiverter-defibrilators (ICDs) who experienced SEUs during air travel that may be attributed to exposure to cosmic radiation while on commercial airline flights. These cases highlight the significant impact of SEUs on ICDs and patient clinical outcomes and the need for further recognition and study of th... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Mike Wall opined in 2015 that asteroid mining could shift from sci-fi to world-changing reality soon. Planetary Resources deployed its first spacecraft from the International Space Station last month, and the Washington-based asteroid-mining company aims to launch a series of increasingly ambitious and capable probes over the next few years.

The goal is to begin transforming asteroid water into rocket fuel within a decade, and eventually to harvest valuable and useful platinum-group metals from space rocks. They have every expectation that delivering water from asteroids and creatin... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Sam Moorhouse blogs that the concept of asteroid mining is very much on-trend. Through sustained advances in technology provides access to the riches hosted by asteroids, such efforts have now moved from far-fetched lunacy to plausible concepts. This short editorial considers asteroid mining within the realms of traditional mining feasibility assessments.

Mining feasibility is a process which itself has undergone repeated refinement over the last few decades culminating in a widely accepted and formalized process that now, by-and-large, aligns all mineral deposit evaluations (altho... More →
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Index / Health & Safety - Mining, Environmental, Cyber

CORESafety is based on 20 modules and timelines developed by mine safety professionals specifically for U.S. mining. The goal is to achieve zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in the rate of injuries within five years (0:50:5).

CORESafety provides a common roadmap and a common language for all mining companies to achieve the 0:50:5 objective, and is designed to be integrated into your company unique operations, management structure and culture.

This video provides a quick look at each of the 20 CORESafety modules ...... More →
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Index / Gas Shales / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact

Bobby Magill opines that the U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year. For the first time, CO2 emissions from burning natural gas for electricity in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal, the globe chief climate polluter. Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10% greater than those from coal in 2016, as electric companies rely more on power plants that run on natural gas than those that run on coal, according to U.S. DOE data.

The EIA expects the U.S. will emit about 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from natural ga... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Off-World Exploration, Mining, & Technology

Elon Musk reports that by talking about the SpaceX Mars architecture, he wants to make Mars seem possible, make it seem as though it is something that we can do in our lifetime. He thinks there are really two fundamental paths. History is going to bifurcate along two directions. One path is where we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event. He does not have an immediate doomsday prophecy, but eventually, history suggests, there will be some doomsday event. The alternative is to become a space-bearing civilization and a multi-planetary species, which he hopes... More →
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