Research at a Queensland university has discovered the geological secret behind a rare earth mineral, critical to building high-tech products essential for future industries.
Prospectors and exploration companies have been re-energised by the discovery of rare gold specimens in outback Western Australia, which could potentially spark a "mini gold rush".
Gold-encrusted quartz from a seam 500 metres below the surface in an area three metres wide and three metres high has delivered 90 kilogram rocks worth millions in just days.
A school holiday program aims to inspire a new generation of mining experts amid a skills shortage in the industry.
Australian gold miners are playing their own form of limbo, testing out how low they can go underground in the quest to find major discoveries.
Old stories from around the world tell of drowned islands, volcanic eruptions and upheavals to the land around them. Increasingly we are realising these tales preserve actual memory, often from thousands of years ago.
With a crowded craft beer market leaving many to innovate, one SA brewer is filtering his product through fossil-rich shale more than 500 million years old.