Material of the month: Coal

Maria Felice examines the history, properties and future of coal

Travelling light - lowering energy and conveyor belt costs

Gerard van den Hondel studies ways of reducing energy and costs in conveyer belt transportation of minerals

Risky business - managing risk and reward

Melanie Rutherford speaks to John McVeigh of MYR Consulting about risk management in mining

Microbe miners - bioleaching for metal recovery

Guy Richards highlights R&D relating to bioleaching

Surface tension - pothole linked road deterioration

Rachel Lawler looks for the materials story behind the UK’s pothole-ridden roads