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Shine on Diamonds: Shine on

Posted by Victoria Curtis   on May 24, 2017
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“I’VE seen grown men with tears in their eyes” in front of it, an auctioneer from Sotheby’s said as he opened bidding on June 29th on the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona, the biggest diamond to be discovered in over a century. Within minutes the tears were, if anything, of embarrassment. Bidding, which started at $50m, was desultory. A rough stone that Sotheby’s had put in the same league as the 3,107-carat Cullinan diamond, discovered inRead More

Oil majors seek survival in transition to low-carbon world

Posted by Victoria Curtis   on May 24, 2017
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Please use the sharing tools found via the email icon at the top of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of FT.com T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email licensing@ft.com to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at https://www.ft.com/tour. https://www.ft.com/content/9e4e6c3a-3567-11e7-99bd-13beb0903fa3 Yet, increasingly, the oil companies that bestrode the global economy for the past century areRead More

New technologies could slash the cost of steel production

Posted by Victoria Curtis   on May 24, 2017
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ALTHOUGH he is best known for developing a way to mass-produce steel, Henry Bessemer was a prolific British inventor. In the 1850s in Sheffield his converters blasted air through molten iron to burn away impurities, making steel the material of the industrial revolution. But Bessemer knew he could do better, and in 1865 he filed a patent to cast strips of steel directly, rather than as large ingots which then had to be expensively reheatedRead More

Podcast: The remarkable calmness of gold

Posted by Victoria Curtis   on May 24, 2017
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Despite rising tensions and fears of inflation, gold prices have stayed relatively still. Our Buttonwood columnist explains why. Traditional carmakers look likely to band together in the face of technological disruption. Also, what Britain’s economists really think about the impacts of BrexitRead More

Hello world!

Posted by Victoria Curtis   on April 27, 2017
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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!Read More