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  • The billionaire who wants to harvest the moon

    04/04/2014 2:35:10 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies
    Yahoo/CNBC ^ | April 3, 2014 | Susan Caminiti
    As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he's still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons. Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that's aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial entrepreneur-he founded Internet companies Infospace and Intelius-believes that the moon holds precious metals and rare minerals that can be brought back to help address Earth's energy, health and resource challenges. Among...
  • Man makes surgical history after having his shattered face rebuilt using 3D printed parts

    03/12/2014 11:40:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:17AM GMT 12 Mar 2014 | Keith Perry
    The survivor of a serious motorbike crash has made surgical history after his entire face was rebuilt using 3D printed parts. Stephen Power is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have 3D printing technology used at every stage of the medical procedure to restore his looks. Doctors at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, had to break his cheekbones again before rebuilding his face in an eight-hour operation. …
  • Russia to Resurrect Titanium Submarines

    03/06/2013 12:26:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/03/2013
    MOSCOW, March 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy will refit, modernize and recommission two Sierra class (Project 945) titanium-hull nuclear-powered attack submarines by 2017, the Zvezdochka shipyard said on Tuesday. The Sierra class has a light and strong titanium pressure hull, enabling these boats to dive to depths of up to 550 meters (1800 feet) and enhancing their survivability, as well as having a low magnetic signature. A total of four Project 945 and 945A submarines were built in Russia. In addition to the Karp and the Kostroma, the Pskov and the Nizhny Novgorod were built in the early...
  • A tantalising prospect: Exotic, useful metals such as titanium are about to become cheap & plentiful

    02/14/2013 8:43:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Economist ^ | February 16, 2013
    ALUMINIUM was once more costly than gold. Napoleon III, emperor of France, reserved cutlery made from it for his most favoured guests, and the Washington monument, in America’s capital, was capped with it not because the builders were cheapskates but because they wanted to show off. How times change. And in aluminium’s case they changed because, in the late 1880s, Charles Hall and Paul Héroult worked out how to separate the stuff from its oxide using electricity rather than chemical reducing agents. Now, the founders of Metalysis, a small British firm, hope to do much the same with tantalum, titanium...
  • The Moon Is Bursting With Precious Titanium

    10/13/2011 7:29:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Wed Oct 12, 2011 01:16 PM ET | By Irene Klotz
    A new map of the moon has uncovered a trove of areas rich in titanium, which could one day be mined. Lava flows that turned into rocks on the moon are enriched with titanium in concentrations far higher than what is found on Earth. The precious material could be used to construct equipment for lunar and other spacecraft.< Detailed maps from a robotic NASA science satellite circling the moon show deposits as rich as about 18 percent, planetary geologist Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, with the University of Hawaii, told Discovery News. “Up to 3 percent is considered high on Earth,” he said....
  • Race To Mine The Moon Heats Up

    10/27/2011 9:22:03 PM PDT · by Captain Beyond · 23 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 10/27/2011 | Loren Grush
    Astrobotic Technology's Red Rover, a lunar exploration vehicle that the company claims will be able to scout and drill for precious resources at the moon's poles. Moon, we just can’t quit you. NASA has shifted its goals from returning to the moon to visiting an asteroid or even Mars, but not everyone has given up on going back. The space agency's attention deficit has sparked a race among private companies eager to return to Earth's satellite.Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/10/27/race-to-mine-moon-heats-up/#ixzz1c2sHUuBP
  • Meet the Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon

    10/18/2011 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10/18/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact. NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself. Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon. "People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told FoxNews.com....
  • Future Naval Force May Sail With the Strength of Titanium

    04/05/2012 10:21:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Future Naval Force May Sail With the Strength of Titanium For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012 ARLINGTON, Va. — Steel may have met its match: An Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded project will produce a full-size ship hull section made entirely with marine grade titanium using a welding innovation that could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction, officials announced April 3. The contractor team building this section recently completed the industry’s longest friction-stir titanium alloy welds and aims to complete the ship hull section this summer. Friction stir welds more than 17 feet long joined the titanium alloy...
  • Woman gets world's first 3D printed jaw transplant (Titanium jaw)

    02/06/2012 10:54:14 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/6/12 | Monica DyBuncio
    (CBS) Doctors and engineers have joined forces to bring the world its first lower jaw transplant, using a prosthetic jaw made by a 3D printer. An 83-year-old Belgian woman underwent the operation last June, after suffering from an infection that rapidly ate away her jaw. In order to keep breathing, chewing, talking and feeling in her jaw, the patient had no option other than the complete removal of her mandible (lower jaw). Scientists at the University of Hasselt BIOMED Research Institute in Belgium developed a custom made implant using 3D printing of titanium powder. The design, processing and production of...
  • Titanium treasure found on Moon

    10/08/2011 6:15:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 82 replies
    AFP ^ | October 7, 2011 | Unknown
    A new map of the Moon has revealed an abundance of titanium ore that is up to 10 times richer than on Earth, a finding that could one day lead to a lunar mining colony, astronomers said on Friday. The discovery was made thanks to a camera aboard the US Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which swept the surface of the Moon, scrutinising it in seven different light wavelengths. > "Lunar titanium is mostly found in the mineral ilmenite, a compound containing iron, titanium and oxygen," they said. "Future miners living and working on the Moon could break down ilmenite to liberate...
  • Kremlin Inc. Widening Control Over Industry

    11/19/2006 1:19:53 PM PST · by A. Pole · 3 replies · 384+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, November 19, 2006 | Peter Finn
    VERKHNYAYA SALDA, Russia -- The orange glow of molten titanium ingots illuminates the cavernous factory, one of several Soviet-era facilities that sprawl across 5,000 acres in this small city east of the Ural Mountains. The hot metal will soon be fashioned into dozens of parts destined for Boeing's new aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner. [...] Now it is the headquarters of VSMPO-Avisma, the world's largest manufacturer of titanium, the strong, lightweight metal that is a basic element in the aviation industry. [...] "The state has decided it's time to gather all the stones that were cast away; it's all according to...
  • Risky titanium business

    08/03/2006 11:47:46 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 50 replies · 1,734+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2006 | Thomas E. Williams Jr., Steven L. Watson and Timothy G. Rupert
    Without so much as a single public hearing, the Senate has adopted a bill that could radically weaken our national defense. Obscure language slipped into legislation on the Senate floor would effectively enable outsourcing to Russia the production of titanium, a strong but lightweight metal that is critical for America's military hardware -- aircraft, armored vehicles and other defense systems. Alarmingly, the provision would enable America's ability to produce defense-grade titanium to be handed over to a single company in Russia. What's worse, the Russian government is attempting to take over the company, named VSMPO. In other words -- and...
  • Americans Doing the Jobs That Illegals Can’t.

    06/23/2006 12:08:36 PM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 8 replies · 636+ views
    Personal Observation | June 23, 2006 | CholeraJoe
    Off the end of the runway of the Helena, Montana Regional airport stands a nondescript 2-story building with a parking lot full of assorted pickups and SUV’s. The sign in front says “Summit Aeronautics Group.” One would never know that this inauspicious business is the number one mover of titanium on the entire planet. Every day, flatbed semis loaded with precast titanium pull up to the loading ramps and disgorge their precious cargo. Every day, different semis load finished aircraft parts and haul them off to Seattle, St. Louis and Marietta. They eventually find their way into F-16s, F-22s and...
  • A bathroom that cleans itself

    02/08/2006 10:12:06 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 37 replies · 1,048+ views
    Cleaning bathrooms may become a thing of the past with new coatings that will do the job for you. Researchers at the University of New South Wales are developing new coatings they hope will be used for self-cleaning surfaces in hospitals and the home. Led by Professor Rose Amal and Professor Michael Brungs of the ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, a research team is studying tiny particles of titanium dioxide currently used on outdoor surfaces such as self-cleaning windows. The particles work by absorbing ultraviolet light below a certain wavelength, exciting electrons and giving the particles an oxidising quality stronger...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-16-02

    03/15/2002 9:05:01 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 12 replies · 264+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-16-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 March 16 The Colorful Moon Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA Explanation: Do you recognize the Earth's Moon when you see it? The crazy, patchwork appearance of the false-color image makes this almost full view of the Moon's familiar near side look very strange. The Sea of Tranquillity (Mare Tranquillitatis) is the bright blue area at right, the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum) is the extensive blue and...