Records of people living in Swansea stretch back a thousand years, and archaeological evidence points to prehistoric human occupation of the area for thousands of years before that. Visited by the Vikings in the 10th century, they left their name for a settlement in the area: Swensi and Svenshi being found on coins minted around 1140. By 1150, the Welsh name for the Swansea Bay area was Aper Tywi. Today, nearly 250,000 people live in Swansea City, accounting for eight per cent of the Wales population. The city has survived industrialisation, war and globalisation. With such a diverse history, it is no easy task to cherry pick the most famous people ever born or bred in Swansea . But here are our top picks, in no particular order: The Red Lady of Paviland "The Red Lady" is the oldest anatomically modern human skeleton found in Britain. Discovered by William Buckland, a professor of geology at Oxford University, in 1823, the remains of the body had been smeared with red ochre and … [Read more...] about From the oldest skeleton in Britain, to a Hollywood star
Zinc uses in industry
By Kamila Aliyeva Chinese companies are planning to implement a project to extract tungsten, molybdenum and copper in the Samarkand region of Uzbekistan. The project will be realized in the Ingichka massif near the city of Kattakurgan. Recently, representatives of a number of companies from China visited the location to conduct an initial study of the opportunities and conditions for the project implementation, podrobno.uz reported. The Chinese companies intend to use two operating mines in the Ingichka massif, and there are also plans to build several new ones. Above all, they will be engaged in additional geological exploration, during which, in addition to tungsten, molybdenum and copper, other mineral resources can be found. Also, there is an opportunity to produce building materials from wastes of ore sand, in particular facing bricks, in this territory. To date, a preliminary agreement on the implementation of a mining and metallurgical industry project in the Ingichka … [Read more...] about Chinese companies plan to explore, extract mineral resources in Uzbekistan
Donald Trump dangled the carrot of foreign investment in front of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their nuclear summit, but analysts say few will want to put money into one of the highest-risk business environments in the world. The US president showed Kim a movie of bright lights, high-speed trains and soaring tower blocks -- pitching a future that could be possible if Pyongyang gives up its weapons. Optimists say that with mineral wealth, cheap labour, and a helpful geographical location, the North has huge potential. But the history of overseas firms who have tried to set up operations in the isolated, impoverished country is a long and sorry one. Rules that can change on a whim, bills that are never paid, and the threat of expropriation hang over foreigners who step into the wildest of wild east investment destinations. For now, dozens of restrictions apply under the various sanctions regimes imposed on the North over its nuclear ambitions. Joint ventures are banned by the UN … [Read more...] about Invest in North Korea: money pit or golden opportunity?
By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Manross Library hosted the American Clock and Watch Museum for a presentation of “The Radium Dial Painters: Their Fatal Brush with Death,” on Thursday, May 17. Colleen Nicastro, director of Interpretation at the American Clock and Watch Museum, explained how hundreds of young women met strange and untimely deaths at the beginning of the 20th century. “The Radium Girls” exhibit is part of the new exhibit “Scandals and Scoundrels: Tales from the Dark Side of the Clock and Watch Industries.” Nicastro explained that the wrist watch, or “trench watch”, became popular during World War I. Since the men were off at war, the women took to the workforce. Around the same time, the U.S. Radium Corporation created what was known as “undark,” a paint made with a mixture of radium and zinc sulfide, giving it a glow-in-the-dark effect. Women, thought to be better suited for delicate and … [Read more...] about ‘Radium Girls’ discussed at program in Manross
The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life.Woxna, situated about 160 miles (259 kilometers) north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company called Leading Edge Materials Corp. is preparing to revive operations.Though graphite has grabbed fewer headlines than other battery components like lithium and cobalt, whose prices have surged in recent months, the carbon material makes up a large part of the raw material costs.Leading Edge’s push in Sweden is part of a wider trend in recent years of mining companies snapping up European permits as carmakers rush to develop electric models. Finland, Portugal and the U.K. have attracted prospectors. In addition to graphite, the Vancouver-based firm is also studying lithium deposits near Woxna, and has plans to go after cobalt in neighboring Finland.The company wants to be … [Read more...] about Dormant Swedish Mine Comes Alive in Rush to Make Car Batteries