Hopes of a 10-year EV transition are an ‘irrational’ pipe dreams because we don’t have enough battery materials—opening up a single copper mine takes 23 years

“It's almost irrational, the expectation that we can electrify everything and have all the materials that we actually need for batteries and electric vehicles…by 2030, or 2035,” M. Stephen Enders, a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and a 48 ....
May 30, 2024

Colorado's hot springs explained: Deep time, deep layers

“Our hot springs all derive from meteoric water, rain or snow,” says Paul Morgan, a longtime geothermal specialist with Colorado Geological Survey.
May 29, 2024

The neutrino’s quantum fuzziness is beginning to come into focus

“The ‘quantum properties of the neutrino’ stuff is a little bit of the Wild West at the moment,” says nuclear physicist Kyle Leach of Colorado School of Mines in Golden. “We’re still trying to figure it out.”
May 21, 2024

China Is Winning the Minerals War

“China is not just standing still waiting for us to catch up,” said Morgan Bazilian, director of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. “They are making investments on top of their already massive investments in all aspects of the ....
May 21, 2024

Colorado’s leadership on methane emissions survives another challenge

Morgan Bazilian, Greg Clough and Simon Lomax of the Payne Institute for Public Policy wrote this opinion piece on the emissions compromise forged during the most recent Colorado state legislative session.
May 17, 2024

Mining waste cleanup near Arkansas River would use cyanide to extract gold. Does it pose an environmental threat?

Corby Anderson, a professor of mining engineering and metallurgical and materials engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, said people have many misconceptions about cyanide, which is naturally occurring and can be found in foods like spinach and ....
May 15, 2024

Colorado School of Mines graduates celebrate accomplishments, resilience after pandemic

On May 10, hundreds of Colorado School of Mines graduates, their family members, friends and other supporters went the extra mile to celebrate their special day. There were hugs and handshakes all around, photos galore, and special apparel to ....
May 14, 2024

Uncle Sam Wants You to Join the Mining Industry

At the university level, the United States’ 14 mining schools have collectively graduated roughly 185 to 200 mining engineers per year, into an annual demand of 400 to 500, over the last few years, said Stephen Enders, head of the mining engineering ....
May 9, 2024

Diagnosing the PFAS Problem

“We often refer to that as fate and transport,” says Chris Higgins, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Colorado School of Mines who has been studying PFAS since 2001. In short, fate and transport is the life cycle of a chemical ....
May 8, 2024

In the Race for Space Metals, Companies Hope to Cash In

Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources, and Ian Lange, director of the Mineral and Energy Economics Program, were quoted in this article about the growing interest in asteroid mining.
May 8, 2024

Center of Colfax hosts LGBTQ+ job fair

Colorado School of Mines was one of the companies recruiting at the May 1 event, and Kathy White, one of Mines' talent acquisition partners, was interviewed.
May 3, 2024

Study says California’s 2023 snowy rescue from megadrought was a freak event. Don’t get used to it

The study authors coined the term “snow deluge” for one-in-20-year heavy snowfalls, when it’s cold and wet enough to maintain a deep snowpack through April 1. But even among these rare snow deluges, last year’s stood out as the snowiest, edging out ....
April 29, 2024