Company Seeks to Grow Cement

By Mark S. Kuhar The only company in the world using biology to commercially produce cement, Biomason, employs natural microorganisms to grow biocement in ambient temperatures without emitting carbon dioxide.  Yes, you heard that right. Laboratory grown cement. Its patented biocement technology mimics nature’s use of carbon as a building block, creating cement in a biological, circular system, rather than…

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The Romans Built Roads to Last Thousands of Years

By Mark S. Kuhar It is estimated that the Roman road network was about 250,000 miles long, out of which about 50,000 miles were paved with stone. Like arteries, these marvelous feats of engineering ferried goods and services rapidly and safely, connecting Rome, “the capital of the world,” to the farthest stretches of the empire, and facilitated troop movements to…

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A 15,889 Ft. World Record

By Mark S. Kuhar Lundin Mining and its Eagle underground nickel mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula recently worked alongside luxury carmaker Porsche to set a new Guinness World Record: the greatest altitude change ever achieved by an electric car. The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo went from the lowest accessible point, at a depth of 1,774.4 ft. below sea level at…

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Granite Celebrates 100th Anniversary

By Mark S. Kuhar Granite celebrated its centennial on Jan. 4. Founded 100 years ago in Watsonville, Calif., Granite has grown into one of our nation’s largest civil infrastructure contractors and construction materials producers. Granite works in multiple end-markets from Guam to Alaska to Florida and many points in between.  Granite President and CEO Kyle Larkin wrote the following open…

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​​Freight Bottlenecks Slowing Shipments

By Mark S. Kuhar As vehicle travel returns to pre-pandemic levels and federal transportation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) begins to reach states, it will be critical that states make additional investments to improve the efficiency and condition of the nation’s freight network to minimize supply chain disruptions, according to a new report released by TRIP,…

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Former Geneva Rock Quarry to Become Innovative Development

By Mark S. Kuhar Since 1954, Geneva Rock has been a top supplier of ready-mixed concrete, sand and gravel, asphalt and construction services in Utah. The company has a history of providing quality products and service. As a major employer in Utah, Geneva Rock has more than 1,200 employees and its parent company, Clyde Companies, has more than 4,000 employees. …

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TACA Teaches Texas Teachers

By Mark S. Kuhar How do industrial minerals enhance our daily lives and how are they mined in Texas? In July, 14 Texas science teachers learned the answers at an intensive industrial minerals mining workshop jointly sponsored by the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) and the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA). During the week-long teacher training, which took…

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Sand on the Beach

New Research From The University Of Massachusetts Amherst Reveals How The Grain Size Of Beach Sand Relates To The Slope Of The Beach Itself. By Mark S. Kuhar Millions of Americans will visit New England’s beaches this summer to cool off, play in the waves and soak up the sun. Until now, the factors governing which beaches slope gradually to…

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