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Anglo American's Komatsu mining dump truck.

The new world’s largest electric vehicle is a 290-ton dump truck that will soon begin testing in Africa

Its maker claims it is capable of performing just as well, if not better, than its diesel-powered counterparts.
Ore being carried at a mine outside Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Apple, Google, and Tesla accused in lawsuit of ‘aiding and abetting’ child deaths in Congolese cobalt mines

14 Congolese children and parents are asking tech companies for damages in forced child labor, injury, and deaths in cobalt mines.

The world’s best-performing stock of 2019 just lost 98% of its value in a single morning

The drastic loss came after MSCI reportedly dropped its plans to include ArtGo in its influential MSCI China Index.
Looking for gems and emeralds doesn't have to be expensive.

This mine lets you hunt for rare gemstones, and tickets only cost $12

Located in North Carolina, Emerald Hollow Mine lets you go "creeking" or digging for goodies for under as little as $12 per person.
An abandoned railway in Karangahake, New Zealand.

I hiked through a creepy abandoned gold mine in New Zealand and lived to tell the tale. Take a look inside.

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway in Karangahake, New Zealand, follows an old railway line with access to an abandoned gold mine. Bring a flashlight.
Indonesia produces the second-largest amount of nickel in the world.

Nickel is surging after Indonesia said it will ban exports of the metal from January

The metal's price hit a five-year high of $18,785. That's bad news for China, one of the world's biggest buyers of nickel.

In Malaysia, a snag in US search for alternative to Chinese rare earths

The PH government has threatened to discontinue the operating licence of Australian miner Lynas Corporation, while the company is threatening legal action.
Coin for scale.

A man found a gold nugget worth $68,000 with a metal detector while wandering in Australia

Using a metal detector, the man who has not been identified, found a piece of gold worth $68,760. It was about 18 inches below ground.

A massive, 5,655-carat ‘Lion Emerald’ is going up for auction in Singapore next month

Ten per cent of the jewel's sale proceeds will go to two organisations protecting carnivores in Africa.
The moon as seen by astronauts in space.

The moon has ice on its surface in hundreds of places — and it could be the ‘first step in building a space economy’

The moon's cold, dark craters near its north and south poles contain water ice directly at the surface, a new study confirms. If the deposits are large enough, people or robots could harvest the water, split it into hydrogen and oxygen, fuel up rockets, and launch a new era of space exploration.