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The world’s biggest iron ore miners are looking for novel ways of satisfying their customers and protecting market share in the US$150bil (RM625bil) global industry.
Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting.
Rwanda's mining boss announced on Oct 16 the world's first blockchain project to track tantalum from the pit-face to the refinery, part of a push to woo investors seeking a conflict-free source of minerals.
Anglo American's De Beers said on May 10 it had tracked 100 high-value diamonds from miner to retailer using blockchain, in the first effort of its kind to clear the supply chain of imposters and conflict minerals.
Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said.
Mining companies chasing the kind of technological breakthroughs made long ago in the manufacture of cars and mobile phones have unveiled eye-catching innovations.
When a small town American roofer took legal action against a neighbour for shooting down his drone, the local dispute sparked a case that could help shape the newest frontier of property rights law – who owns the air.
A weekend of wild weather in Australia disrupted everything from the Internet to shipping and banking, while pummelling coastal towns and exposing insurance companies to hefty payouts.
The price of the Web-based digital currency Bitcoin soared to its highest in almost two years on May 31, rising to more than US$500 (RM2,074) per unit, as worries about a further weakening of the yuan drove increased demand from China.