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Could closed rare earth mining facility become America’s newest national lab?

By April Gocha / July 25, 2017

The CEO of advanced materials manufacturing company American Elements recently met with White House officials to vie for the government to nationalize the U.S.’s last remaining rare earth mine.

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Can a panda-shaped solar power plant boost popularity of renewable energy?

By April Gocha / July 11, 2017

In a fresh effort to boost the visibility of its renewable energy efforts, China is turning to one of its most beloved creatures—Panda Green Energy Group Ltd. recently announced that it has connected its latest solar power plant, cutely shaped into the likeness of its namesake, to the electricity grid.

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inside view of a rare earth material

Work of Critical Materials Institute could help lessen US dependence on China for rare earths

By Faye Oney / April 4, 2017

The United States is becoming vulnerable to China’s dominance of rare-earth materials. The Critical Materials Institute, with a grant from the DOE, works to reduce U.S. dependence on China for rare earths.

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Video: Macro pop-up model makes it easier to fabricate micro shapes

By Stephanie Liverani / October 19, 2016

Yihui Zhang, a researcher from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, developed a 2-D to 3-D model solution to help engineers better fabricate shapes at a microscopic scale.

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24th International Commission on Glass Congress in Shanghai—growing a valued tradition

By April Gocha / July 4, 2016

The 24th International Congress on Glass (ICG) took place April 7–11, 2016, at the Shanghai International Convention Centre in China. Shanghai built on the meeting’s most valued traditions whilst successfully introducing new ideas to maintain its freshness and appeal.

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Aluminum–cerium alloy has potential to jump-start rare-earth production in the US

By April Gocha / June 13, 2016

A team of scientists from Oak Ridge National Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Eck Industries has developed a new super-strong aluminum alloy that incorporates cerium—and it just may be able to restart mining of rare-earth elements in the United States.

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Video: Small and soft (but mighty) self-propelling motors aid in pollution cleanup

By Stephanie Liverani / May 4, 2016

Researchers at the Research Institute of Materials Science, South China University of Technology (Guangdong, China) are developing a different kind of motor—one that’s not fossil fuel-reliant and can actually help clean up pollution, not contribute to it.

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‘Power suit’: Clothes that charge electronics could revolutionize consumer tech

By Stephanie Liverani / March 29, 2016

While gadgets that boost smartphone battery life help widen the gap between power cord wall sits, it’s not a solution to total wireless recharging on the go. But thanks to materials science, our power chargers for smartphones and other wearable tech might be sewn right into our pants someday.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / November 13, 2015

Inside CoorsTek, Saxon sues Apple, China unveils its own jetliner, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for November 13, 2015.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / July 31, 2015

Blasch introduces abrasion-resistant products, Precision Castparts expands into ceramic composites, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for July 31, 2015.

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