Biomedical technology

Researchers develop tool to identify dust lung disease risk

A new dust testing methodology developed by University of Queensland researchers offers workers better protection from diseases such as black lung and silicosis. The research is published in the journal Minerals.

Oncology & Cancer

AI in histopathology image analysis for cancer precision medicine

In recent years, there have been rapid advancements in the field of computational pathology, which refers to the application of computational methods in pathology workflows. Traditional pathology involves the study of diseases ...


New study finds indoor mining service workers feeling the heat

A new study by The University of Western Australia has revealed that indoor service workers in the mining industry bear the brunt of the cognitive, productivity and health impacts of extreme heat, when compared to maintenance ...


Data mining the dangers of self-medication

Self-medication for minor ailments and illnesses is common. Often the remedies people turn to are simple over-the-counter pharmacy medications or products available in other outlets that may or may not have proven physiological ...

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Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, from an ore body, vein or (coal) seam. The term also includes the removal of soil. Materials recovered by mining include base metals, precious metals, iron, uranium, coal, diamonds, limestone, oil shale, rock salt and potash. Any material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory, is usually mined. Mining in a wider sense comprises extraction of any non-renewable resource (e.g., petroleum, natural gas, or even water).

Mining of stone and metal has been done since pre-historic times. Modern mining processes involve prospecting for ore bodies, analysis of the profit potential of a proposed mine, extraction of the desired materials and finally reclamation of the land to prepare it for other uses once the mine is closed.

The nature of mining processes creates a potential negative impact on the environment both during the mining operations and for years after the mine is closed. This impact has led to most of the world's nations adopting regulations to moderate the negative effects of mining operations. Safety has long been a concern as well, though modern practices have improved safety in mines significantly.

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