NASA Selects Three Universities to Develop Lunar Infrastructure Tech

By Mark S. Kuhar Three U.S. university-led proposals have been selected by NASA to develop technologies for living and working on the Moon, from using lunar resources for construction to developing electronics that can work in the Moon’s extremely cold temperatures. “Creating the technologies we need to explore the Moon requires leveraging expertise from and partnering with academia and industry…

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Production vs. Quality – Who is Right?

Trying To Get Product Out The Door While Meeting Quality Standards Can Be A Nightmare. By Steve Schumacher Successful companies in all industries have always strived to produce quality products, at a reasonable price, and in sufficient quantity to supply demand. If any one of those three elements is absent, profits suffer and customers are disappointed and take their business…

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What’s Under a Rock?

Hundreds Of Youth Learn About The Impact Of Mining Through An OAIMA-Supported Festival. By Therese Dunphy For more than a decade, members of the Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) have participated in the Hug the Earth Festival held in conjunction with the Miami County Park District. Held in April, the most recent festival hosted nearly 2,000 students and…

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Questionable Study Raises Health Concerns for Sand and Gravel Workers

A new study by Michigan State University shows an increase in doctor visits for shortness of breath among long-term sand and gravel mine workers in the state, compared to the rate for production workers in other industries. But does the study bring up legitimate concerns or was it designed to highlight a solution to a problem that does not exist?…

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U.S. Chamber Applauds Permitting, Environmental Action Plan

The Biden-Harris administration released a new Permitting Action Plan to strengthen and accelerate federal permitting and environmental reviews by fully leveraging existing permitting authorities, as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  The action plan outlines the administration’s strategy for ensuring that federal environmental reviews and permitting processes are effective, efficient and transparent, guided by the best available…

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Total Construction Starts Inch Higher in April; Highways Down

Total construction starts rose 3% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $945.8 billion, according to the Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building and residential starts rose 6%, and residential starts increased by 4%, while nonbuilding starts fell 4%.  Starts for highway and bridge projects fell 14%. Total construction was 6% higher in the first four months of 2022…

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