From the Drills to the Grills

Metal alloys play a huge part in modern day dentistry, from tools to fillings. And if you ever wondered how much the fillings in your mouth are worth, you’ve come to the right place. Legend has it that George Washington’s presidential dentures were made of wooden teeth, which would have made chewing a chore. (As […]

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Driving Mining Forward

As the world moves towards an automated future, the WA mining industry is using new technology to improve safety, build capacity and remain globally competitive.

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Melting Point: Some like it Hot

Discover the melting points of common metals: how much heat does it take to turn your favourite metal into gooey molten liquid?

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Three Easy Metal Cocktails

Ever wondered how bronze, brass and steel are made? We’ll show you how. But please, do not try this at home.

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Cooking with Gas

Natural gas is odourless in its natural state. So why does gas have that distinctive “rotten egg” smell?

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The Secret Life of Aluminium

Aluminium is a lightweight metal with an atomic number of 13. It is the second-most common metallic element in Earth's crust and was once worth more than gold.

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The Power of Nickel

Thanks to the current energy revolution around the world, Western Australian nickel will soon be in greater demand than ever before. And that means enormous opportunities for the resources sector in WA.

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Rock of Ages

Unearthed in WA, a banded iron formation (BIF) is on display at the Natural History Museum (NHM), opened by Sir David Attenborough. It is an important link in the story of life on Earth

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Space Travel’s New Golden Era

There’s no expense spared when NASA gets you kitted up as an astronaut since gold is used in the visor of the helmet. But it’s not a fashion statement, gold is actually becoming the go-to metal for advanced technology on Earth and in space.

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The Truth Behind ‘Going for Gold’

Winning the gold is more than just a fancy bit of decoration, it’s the physical properties of the metal that have ranked gold as the most prestigious award.

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