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NASA reports that the human body is incredibly complex. Every part of us ... from our bones to our blood cells ...is subject to a host of chemical reactions and molecular interactions that, without our conscious effort, keep us alive. But what happens to these processes when we leave the planet?

In Earth orbit and beyond, where gravity is counteracted by a constant state of freefall and cosmic radiation intensifies, the molecular inner-workings of the human body may change. To find out how, NASA has entered a realm of bio-research known as omics.

Omics refers to the coll... More →
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Hydrothermal ore deposits represent a convergence of fluid flow, thermal energy, and solute flux that is hydrogeologically unusual. From the hydrogeologic perspective, hydrothermal ore deposition represents a complex coupled-flow problem sufficiently complex that physically rigorous description of the coupled thermal (T), hydraulic (H), mechanical (M), and chemical (C) processes (THMC modeling) continues to challenge our computational ability. Though research into these coupled behaviors has found only a limited subset to be quantitatively tractable, it has yielded valuable insights into the w... More →
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In production since 1903, the Queensland Government Mining Journal is Australias longest-running mining publication. It is wholly produced by the Queensland Government, through the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.The journals focus is on the mining and petroleum industries in Queensland. Its stories are of interest to those involved in these industries and those wishing to know more about how government helps mining to prosper in this state while at the same time balancing the states other interests, and how industry and government are working together. It gives information on govern... More →
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Video published on Nov 17, 2016, John Kaiser of the Metals Investors Forum summarizes current Trump conditions. What will happen to the gold market now that America has elected Donald Trump as the next President? Popular newsletter writer John Kaiser says interesting times lie ahead for the sector and if you want to bet on higher gold prices, do so through junior miners.

Tune in to Kaiser presentation at the Metals Investor Forum to find out some of the best optionality plays in the sector right now.... More →
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David Hoffman reports that a rebound in commodity prices helps mining equities bounce back from Q4 2015 lows. The Mining Eye gained 9% during Q1 2016, despite a difficult January period, reflecting an improvement in sentiment from stabilizing commodity prices.

The Mining Eye, however, underperformed more than both the Canadian Mining Eye and FTSE Miners Index, which rose by 26% and 23%, respectively, during Q1-2016, partly owing to the differences in price movements relative to equity value weightings.

Iron ore, gold and copper increased by 21%, 16% and 3%, respectively, ... More →
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Babalwa Bungane reports that weak commodity prices, declining grades, and a fall-off in demand from China will continue the global mining sector downward cycle well into 2016. However, regulatory mandates, tax burdens and stakeholder expectations remain as high as ever. This is according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (via Deloitte Global) Tracking the Trends 2016 report.

Similar to the boom cycle, where people imagined prices would go up forever, people now imagine the market will never recover. Neither extreme represents the truth. What is true, however, is that cycle times are l... More →
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Jeff Desjardins reports that in the field of economics, the laws of supply and demand state that the price of a product and its available supply to the market are inter-connected. For example, if a good such as crude oil is produced in excess, the price will drop accordingly. However, sometimes substances are nearly impossible to produce in the first place, and that means that it can be extremely difficult for the market to respond to increases in demand. The most valuable substances generally fall into this category and this makes their value per gram very high.

White truffles, for... More →
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Thunderstruck Resources Ltd. is developing a diverse portfolio of mineral properties in the island archipelago of Fiji. The Company two flagship properties are the Nakoro and Wainaleka zinc-copper-lead-silver-gold projects located on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. Thunderstruck Fijian property portfolio covers nearly 4% of the main island and also includes the prospective Liwa Creek Gold Project, and Rama Creek copper-gold porphyry.

Both the Nakoro and Wainaleka zinc-copper-lead-silver-gold projects are the site of successful historic drilling by Anglo American Corporation. Thu... More →
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George Wall blogs that hiring of top managers is complex process for HR departments and their consultants and advisers. They are trying to weigh up all managers typical and in HR opinion important skills like ... talent to manage, engagement, language, reporting, project management, controlling budgets and following targets, but they often forget to think about professional skills. Nearly each mining professional can become a quite efficient manager by completion of training courses and other programs, but not each talented manager could become a mining professional.

In theory, esti... More →
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Shane Lasley reports on the industry reaction to the recent U.S.G.S. report on 2016 mining activities. Alaska mines produced roughly US$3.09 billion worth of minerals, excluding petroleum and coal, marking the 7th year straight that output from Alaska mines have topped US$3 billion.

Gold and zinc account for roughly 80% of Alaska mineral production value in 2016. Silver and lead account for most of the balance, while aggregates and other construction materials contribute roughly 1% of Alaska mine production value. With steady output, Alaska holds as the nation 7th largest mineral pr... More →
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A new and controversial frontier in mining is opening up as a British firm joins a growing rush to exploit minerals in the depths of the oceans.

UK Seabed Resources is a subsidiary of the British arm of Lockheed Martin.

It has plans for a major prospecting operation in the Pacific.

The company says surveys have revealed huge numbers of so-called nodules - small lumps of rock rich in valuable metals - lying on the ocean floor south of Hawaii and west of Mexico.

The exact value of these resources is impossible to calculate reliably, but a leading UN of... More →
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UNEXMIN is an EU-funded project that develops a novel robotic system for the autonomous exploration and mapping of Europe flooded mines, but having numerous other applications, including deep mines, and off-world.

The Robotic Explorer (UX-1) will use non-invasive methods for autonomous 3D mine mapping for gathering valuable geological and mineralogical information. This will open new exploration scenarios so that strategic decisions on the re-opening of Europe numerous abandoned mines could be supported by actualized data that cannot be obtained by any other ways.

The Mul... More →
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These are hard times for some in the mining industry, but it is time we leave the gloom-and-doom speak and start thinking (and acting) on ways to improve. The un-named blogger always likes to pick ideas from well thought, well structured texts. He has just come across some recent (2015) BCG publications on the current state of affairs in Exploration and Mining. the first one is presented in the I2M Web Portal here ....

Value Creation in Mining 2015 - Beyond Basic Productivity- BCG - Beyond Basic Productivity, Aug, 2015.

Others are included as links via: https://xmbl.wordp... More →
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Receive the latest information from in-market specialists in Australia on the opportunities in Vietnamese and Cambodian mining sectors. Vietnam has potential minerals with more than 5,000 new deposits of 60 different types of minerals and natural resources (coal, bauxite, titanium, iron ore, chromite, oil and gas, copper, gold, phosphate rocks, rare earth, limestone, tungsten). Despite the broad endowment, current annual production is largely focused on only a few core commodities (coal and oil). Further exploration work and downstream industry development is required in order for Vietnam to i... More →
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Virgin Galactic introduces the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The 747-400 commercial jet aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic under the nickname Cosmic Girl, will provide a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.

The rise of cubesats and microsatellites has meant that at last, commercial satellite start-ups, universities, schools, and even crowdfunding campaigns can put their own satellites into space. However, small satellites need small satellite launch veh... More →
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Siv Padhy opines that prefeasibility and feasibility studies are inherently linked to each other ... understanding their differences creates a clearer idea of what they mean and how they are used. The key point to understand is that these studies represent milestones for mining and exploration companies.

Prefeasibility studies are an early stage analysis of a potential mining project. They are conducted by a small team and designed to give company stakeholders the basic information they need to green light a project or choose between potential investments. Prefeasibility studies typ... More →
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Don Hofstrand and Mary Holz-Clause opine that as the name implies, a feasibility study is an analysis of the viability of an idea. The feasibility study focuses on helping answer the essential question of should we proceed with the proposed project idea? All activities of the study are directed toward helping answer this question.

Feasibility studies can be used in many ways but primarily focus on proposed business ventures. Farmers and others with a business idea should conduct a feasibility study to determine the viability of their idea before proceeding with the development of a<... More →
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Rod Webster opines that many mining companies are cutting exploration budgets to survive the current mining downturn and low commodity prices. As a result, some firms either do not have enough geological and support staff or they have inexperienced staff members who do not adequately understand the geology, mining method used and processing aspects of their operation or project. This can negatively impact the quality of Mineral Resource or Reserve estimates and statements as well as the preparation of long-term mine plans.

When a company lacks proper staffing, the quantity of the re... More →
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Patrick J. Kiger reports that veteran cave explorer Bill Stone has announced that in 2017, he will lead an expedition into the Chev Cave system, a sprawling underground complex in the Oaxaca region of Mexico, which water flow suggests may descend nearly 1.6 miles into the Earth. If that turns out to be true, Chev would earn the title of the deepest cave on Earth, taking away the distinction currently held by Krubera Cave in the Western Caucasus mountains in Georgia, which is about 1.36 miles deep.

But scientists say that even if Chev sets a new depth record, it may not last. Geologi... More →
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Terence Creamer reports that the Worbank Commodity Markets Outlook cut its price outlook for oil this year to $37/bl, from a forecast of $51/bl in October. For non-energy commodities, the largest decline is expected in iron-ore prices, with the report forecasting a 25% decline in 2016, owing to reduced imports from China steel producers and new capacity in Australia and Brazil.

Iron-ore prices fell from an average of $96.9 per t in 2014 to $55.8 per t last year, with prices plunging 15% in the 4th quarter to average $47 per t. The price of the ferrous mineral fell to $41 per t in De... More →
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The British Geological Survey has one of the largest databases in the world on the production and trade of minerals. Information is compiled from a wide range of sources, home and overseas government departments, national statistical offices, specialist commodity authorities, company reports, and a network of contacts throughout the world.

The database compilers aim for integrity and accuracy in the data and, for quality control purposes, participate in international specialist groups, and maintain close links with other mineral statistics providers in Europe and North America. The ... More →
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