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‘Instant’ Aussie diamonds could provide a cutting edge on mine sites

Just as Superman once made coal into diamonds with his bare hands, Australian scientists have found a way to produce diamonds at room temperature.

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Battery materials being recycled to fertilise wheat

How recycled batteries could help WA crops flourish

The disposal of spent batteries is a vexing issue around the world. But an innovative trial in WA could help give them a second life.

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Rare earths are an important part of WA's mining future

What are rare earth metals and where have I seen them before?

The rare part of their name might be a misnomer - but they are going to be important parts of all of our futures.

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WA Student Scientist of the Year Morgan Cox

Rock star: how Morgan swapped goalkeeping for a career chasing hidden craters

As a talented junior soccer player, Morgan Cox initially planned on a career in sports science. But a long-standing fascination with rocks sparked a move into geology.

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Tesla car

BHP’s ‘green’ nickel credentials on display as Tesla lurks

The EV manufacturer is chasing nickel mined in an environmentally sensitive way and WA could provide it.

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Granny Smith solar farm

Renewable energy bears fruit at WA’s Granny Smith mine

The project is expected to reduce the mine's fuel consumption by more than 10 per cent.

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RioTinto AutoHaul train

Mining’s biggest robot wins top engineering award

The vast AutoHaul network comprises some 1700km kilometres of track, with each train delivering tens of thousands of tonnes of iron ore from 16 Rio Tinto mines to ports in Dampier and Cape Lambert.

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MiCone Australia

Going global: WA drillers and blasters set to take bright idea to the world

A stunningly simple but effective invention could be about to provide a solution to one of mining's long-standing safety risks.

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BHP Nickel West

Throwing the carbon sink at greenhouse gas emissions?

BHP is investigating whether the use of technology at its Mount Keith tailings dam could speed up a natural process that already offsets the equivalent of the yearly emissions from some 15,000 cars.

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Mining exploration

WA mining exploration hits five-year high…with more to come

The announcement comes as a seven-year program is launched to unearth undiscovered mineral deposits across Australia.

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