Volume 101 Number 40 Nov 16 - 22, 2015

Mining equipment at Agnico Eagle's LaRonde mine in Quebec. Source: Agnico Eagle Mines

Commentary: The great mining brain drain

We are in the midst of a historic bear market, whose bite is clamping down harder with each passing year, squeezing the last remnants of optimism from those working within the mining sector. The only real comfort comes from knowing the cyclical…

Caterpillar's Command for Hauling fully autonomous truck.  Credit: Caterpillar

Adventures in automation

Leaders in the mining industry are starting to recognize that automation is part of the answer to the sector’s productivity problems, says Michael Murphy, chief engineer, mining technology enabled solutions with leading mining sector…

Dirk Claessens

How analytics is transforming mining

After the excess investment and focus on production volume during the commodities supercycle, the new mantra of the mining sector is all about productivity.

Adrok's scanning equipment mapping Kaolinization zones in the U.K.  Credit: Adrok

Is mining innovation an oxymoron?

Newspapers are replete with articles denouncing the dearth of innovation in the mining sector. While we may argue about the causes – the sector’s capital intensive nature, the people who work in mining, etc. — most people will…

Launching a SmartPlanes drone.  Credit: SmartPlanes

Drones take productivity to new heights

In the face of one of the biggest downturns in the industry, cash-strapped miners and explorers are turning to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology as one way to help drive down costs, boost productivity and harness safety at…

The thiosulphate plant at Barrick Gold's Goldstrike mine.  Credit: Barrick Gold

Barrick pioneers cyanide-free processing at Goldstrike

Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX; NYSE: ABX) hit a major milestone late last year, after it poured its first cyanide-free gold bar at its Goldstrike operations in Nevada using nothing other than a common potato fertilizer.

Open innovation takes root

Mining companies and organizations are increasingly going outside of the industry and using open innovation platforms to find solutions to their challenges.

US stocks inch up, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

U.S. equities stayed in positive territory, as investors waited for the monthly jobs report and possible reasons for the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates in December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 107.63 points, or 0.6%, to…

Potash Corp.'s Rocanville potash facility in Rocanville, Sask. Source: Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan

PotashCorp cuts supply to match demand

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX: POT; NYSE: POT) is lowering its potash production levels in response to weaker demand and fertilizer prices for the second half of 2015.

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