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Powder Meant to Save Miners May Be Killing Them Instead

For decades miners were forced to inhale aluminum dust

(Newser) - Between the 1940s and 1980s, miners in Ontario went through a strange ritual at the start of every workday: They'd take off their street clothes, enter a room where their work clothes hung, and as soon as the doors closed, watch the room fill with black powder that they... More »

New Battery Could Charge Smartphone in 60 Seconds

Aluminum-ion battery is also greener, inventors say

(Newser) - Designers of a new aluminum-ion battery say it could charge a smartphone in about a minute and endure far more rechargings than today's lithium-ion batteries. Only problem is it has about half the voltage, Stanford University reports via the Telegraph . "Otherwise, our battery has everything else you'd... More »

Ford's First Radical F-150 Just Rolled Off the Line

Company acknowledges taking risks with aluminum truck

(Newser) - When you've had the bestselling vehicle in the US for 32 years, why change the formula? To make it even better, Ford argues. That's why the company's 2015 F-150, which will appear at dealerships next month, will have a body made almost entirely out of aluminum rather... More »

Coming From Ford: Aluminum Pickup Trucks

Lighter metal will help F-150 meet fuel economy standards

(Newser) - The next incarnation of Ford's F-150 will be as tough as … aluminum? By 2014 the company will be building most of the body of its signature truck out of that lightweight metal in a bid to boost its fuel economy, in what the Wall Street Journal calls "... More »

Hungary Arrests Toxic Sludge Boss

PM wants state to take over the firm

(Newser) - The head of the company behind Hungary's toxic sludge spill has been arrested, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked parliament to take over. "The company should be put under state control and its assets under state closure," he said. Zoltan Bakonyi, of aluminum firm MAL Co,... More »

Can It: Wine Industry Goes Aluminum

Drinkers like single serving, easy transport, eco-friendliness

(Newser) - It may lack a certain old-fashioned class, but that’s not stopping the wine industry from embracing aluminum cans, the Times of London reports. A top can-maker said he’d sold 35 million cans to the industry last year, up from 6 million in 2006—and he foresees wine fans... More »

Gene Tweak Could Grow Crops in Toxic Soil

(Newser) - Scientists have made a breakthrough that could dramatically boost the world's food production by making more land farmable, Wired reports. A slight change to a single gene allows plants to thrive in earth made toxic by aluminum, which currently renders nearly half of the world's soil useless for growing crops.... More »

Bahrain Arm Accuses Alcoa of Corruption

US aluminum giant bribed, defrauded, and overcharged, lawsuit alleges

(Newser) - A company controlled by Bahrain's government has filed a lawsuit in US federal court accusing metals giant Alcoa of a host of shady business practices, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pittsburgh-based Alcoa, one of the world's biggest aluminum companies, systematically overcharged Bahrain Aluminum for raw materials and funneled money to... More »

Rio Tinto Rejects $147B BHP Bid

Mining giant holds out for an even better offer from rival

(Newser) - Rio Tinto today rejected a $147.4B bid from rival mining giant BHP Billiton, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although the bid would have been one of the largest takeovers ever, Rio is holding out for a sweeter deal. "BHP Billiton's offers, while improved, still fail to recognize the... More »

Alcan Steels Itself Against Alcoa Bid

Canadian aluminum producer rejects US rival, says it will seek other offers

(Newser) - Canadian aluminum maker Alcan has rejected the $24.7-billion bid from rival Alcoa that would have been the biggest takeover in the metals industry, and signalled its intention to look elsewhere. Alcoa’s  $74.60-per-share bid was inadequate, Alcan’s CEO said today, reigniting rumors that both companies may be... More »

Aluminum Giant Makes Play for Rival

Alcoa's $26.9 hostile takeover bid for Alcan comes after years of merger talks

(Newser) - Aluminum titan Alcoa is hoping to get its largest rival, Alcan, to melt under a hostile takeover bid, after merger talks between the two companies collapsed. Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum company, has offered $26.9 billion for its Canadian competitor in an effort to beat out the emerging market... More »

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