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50 million € loan for Biesse Group from BNL BNP Paribas

The Bank is supporting the Italian company in carrying out investments to reduce CO2 emissions, increase the use of renewable energy and to protect the health and safety of workers

Apprentice prizes awarded by the Federal Association of Austrian Stonemasons

The competition offers young people the opportunity to try out design tools and present their creative work to the public

Miscellaneous: ideas with natural stone

“Cloud Xiamen Stone Fair”, i.e. the virtual edition of the stone fair, was launched on June 06, 2020 and had 193,666 page views in the first week

Scientists provide an explanation for the strange asymmetry between the moon’s near and far side

The clues are linked to an important property of KREEP, a type of rock signature known on Earth only from moon-meteorites

First comprehensive map of rockfalls on the moon

Also on our cosmic neighbor boulders or blocks of stone travel downslope, but mostly as a result of impacts of asteroids

NASA observes large Saharan dust plume over Atlantic ocean

Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of sand particles are blown across the Atlantic Ocean and help build beaches in the Caribbean and fertilize soils in the Amazon

Miscellaneous: ideas with natural stone

It was an explosive release of gas, mostly methane, from the permafrost that formed a 20 m wide and 20 m deep crater in northern Russia, researchers from Skoltech have found

Eclipse data illuminate mysteries of Sun’s corona

Scientists at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy analyze our star’s outermost atmosphere to quantify the structure of its magnetic field and its 11-year cycles

The renovation of the Arkadenhof of the Vienna City Hall was awarded one of the Austrian stonemasons’ monument prizes

The play of colours of the natural stones on the facades was made visible again and a variety of ornaments and figures were renovated

Tropical thunderstorm again causes damage to the Taj Mahal

A part of the marble railing on the roof and 2 sandstone minarets were torn away by winds with over 120 kilometers per hour

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