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The gold standard of mineral exploration

We all know metals like gold, copper and nickel are essential to our way of life. Metals are used in just about everything. So how do we make sure that we have a continuous supply of these metals? How do you find new ore deposits to make sure we meet future demand? Our scientists are working hard to specifically address that issue. Listen to find out how.

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What’s in your cell phone and other smart gadgets?

Today’s cutting-edge technologies — from smart phones to zero-emission vehicles to life-saving medical equipment — are becoming a way of life as society relies on these devices and looks to reduce its carbon footprint. But have you ever wondered where our modern technology comes from?

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Mining value from waste: a potential game changer

Historically, much of the waste from mining activities has posed long-term liability issues with little or no economic value. But what if mining companies could recover the metals, like gold, and then sell them? The answer, these days, is obvious: they could reduce their environmental impact and, at the same time, contribute to a green economy.

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Mining Value from Waste (Byte-Sized Science)

Terry Cheng, hydrometallurgist and research scientist at CanmetMINING is reprocessing mining wastes as resources — particularly gold tailings. He is examining options to reprocess and repurpose mine wastes to reduce environment impacts and recover valuable byproducts such as critical and strategic metals (e.g. gold, about two grams per tonne).

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Cleaner Digging with Hydrogen

Hydrogen — the most abundant element in the world — has the potential to fuel underground mining vehicles, and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) scientists are using its power in new technologies to bring clean energy to the mining industry.

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