Project to test technologies to clean up contaminated materials set to start at Colorado Springs-area military base

A project headed by the Colorado School of Mines to test the best clean up methods for PFAS-contaminated materials is set to begin next summer on Schriever Space Force Base.
November 10, 2023

How $500M in federal infrastructure money is being spent in Colorado

The largest Colorado award was $167 million for a new Energy and Minerals Research Center being built at the Colorado School of Mines.
November 6, 2023

Colleges and companies collaborate to study PFAS soil purification methods at Schriever SFB

A team of scientists at the Colorado School of Mines alongside other major universities will be testing out soil purification technologies at Schriever Space Force Base
November 1, 2023

‘Lunar gold rush’: NASA wants to mine the moon

“You’ve got these two [sets of countries] sort of playing by different rules, and so it’s been polarized, although China has not completely been in disagreement with Artemis,” said Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Colorado School of Mines Space ....
November 1, 2023

A Spooktacular day at Golden’s Mines Museum ahead of Halloween

Dinos and burros and rocks, oh my! The Mines Museum of Earth Science isn’t usually this scary. It transformed into a spooky scene at its annual Spooktacular, hosting more than 1,000 people, including 600 youngsters, most of them decked out in ....
October 22, 2023

China limits exports of graphite, a key mineral for EV batteries

And while flaky, blackish-gray graphite won’t be involved in a lot of marriage proposals, it is key to many types of manufacturing. “From steelmaking to semiconductors to electric vehicle batteries,” said Morgan Bazilian, a professor at the Colorado ....
October 20, 2023

Things Are Looking Up for Asteroid Mining

A study by Ian Lange of the Colorado School of Mines considers the potential—and challenges—for a fledgling industry that might reach a significant scale in the next several decades, driven by the demand for critical metals used in electronics, solar ....
October 20, 2023

How I learned to nurture relationships in academia—and be more kind

Roel Snieder, W.M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Professional Development Education, wrote this essay about his approach to being a scientist and a teacher.
October 19, 2023

Are PFAS really 'forever chemicals'? It's complicated. Here's what to know

Chemicals like PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS are "for all intents and purposes correctly labeled as forever chemicals ," said Christopher Higgins, a leading U.S. expert on PFAS and a distinguished professor at the Colorado School of Mines.
October 19, 2023

What’s up with Salton Sea lithium?

“It really just comes down to its economics and if they can do it at scale, and until they do that, it’s hard to know,” said Jordan Lee Calderon, a critical minerals and sustainability researcher at the Colorado School of Mines.
October 6, 2023

Mining execs warn of disconnect between metals appetite, pace of new projects

The mining industry has "garnered a bad reputation, and certainly, some of that is understandable," according to "The State of Critical Minerals Report 2023," released by the Colorado School of Mines' Payne Institute for Public Policy on Sept. 26.
October 5, 2023

Opinion: Protect access to wilderness climbing opportunities

Drew Ruana, a professional rock climber and a student at Colorado School of Mines, wrote this opinion piece about the proposed Protecting America’s Rock Climbing Act and climbing provisions of the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act.
October 4, 2023