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March 3, 2020

The Wright brothers changed the course of history with the invention of the aeroplane, but it didn’t happen by accident. It was the complementary nature of their respective skill-sets and personalities – the power of partnership, in other words – that drove their seemi...

February 25, 2020

 The mining industry has always been a reflection of social realities, industrial demands, and available technologies. In the third millennium BC, Egyptians used the process of fire-setting to break ore. They would start fires against a sheet of rock, then use water to...

February 12, 2020

A significant number of modern physicists think the universe is made of information. The physical world amounts to a vast exchange of data, they tell us. It gets more abstract, but we’re not here to talk about loop quantum gravity or massive cellular automatons.

Whether...

December 3, 2019

According to a 2019 study of 10 million Australian LinkedIn users, BHP is one of the top 20 companies Australians want to work for. It was the only mining company to crack the list, which predominately features banks and management firms.

Lists like these are far from p...

November 27, 2019

“One in the hand, two in the bush” is a familiar mindset in the mining industry. Other industries are forced into taking a more disruptive approach. Consumer technology and digital media, for example, are in a constant state of flux. The right idea can quickly skyrocke...

November 20, 2019

It’s fairly obvious that the success of any business is influenced by a deeper background of societal and ethical issues. But this background has been more or less dim throughout history, especially where natural resources are concerned. Even as we advanced in our abil...

November 12, 2019

There’s an old joke about driving home with new a PC in the car and seeing a billboard for the new and improved version. This used to happen a lot when chip technology was evolving quickly; it happens less now that processing power advances in smaller increments. For t...

November 5, 2019

The path to increased EV uptake is imperfect, and it raises several issues around provenance and bottom-line emissions benefits. Optimists feel that science will create a formula for EV batteries that is more sustainable than Lithium-Ion. Sceptics say it will be decade...

October 30, 2019

The time for the lone wolf  is over. This saying has been attributed to an unknown elder of the Hopi tribe, an indigenous group in North America, and although the words weren’t directed at commercial mining operations, they nevertheless ring true for our industry...

October 23, 2019

 It’s no accident that certain types of ore – such as iron and coal – have long stood atop the list of the world’s most commonly harvested minerals. The applications for these raw materials are widespread; in many cases they are deeply built-in to the mechanisms of ind...

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