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New simpler recycling process extracts rare-earth magnets from discarded electronics

By Faye Oney / May 11, 2018

Researchers have developed a simple process for extracting rare-earth magnets from discarded electronic devices. Their method reduces manufactured waste and recycles materials into magnets for other uses.

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biodegradable electronic component on a human hair

Biodegradable electronics might become a reality in the future

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2017

Our electronic devices might become biodegradable in the future. Stanford researchers have created a biodegradable electronic device characteristic of human skin—flexible, self-healing, and degradable with the addition of a weak acid.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 29, 2017

Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells, Non-toxic thermoelectric material generates electricity through hot and cold, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 29, 2017.

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Better batteries? Study uncovers potential hidden impact of oxide nanoparticles on earth microbiome

By April Gocha / March 4, 2016

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Minnesota shows that nanoparticles of lithium battery catalyst nickel manganese cobalt oxide may harm important bacteria that reside in the soil and have untold environmental consequences.

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Materials magic trick, Act III—Self-destructing electronics disappear before your very eyes

By April Gocha / June 10, 2015

University of Illinois researchers have innovated a solution to the enormous piles of electronics waste piling up around the world—electronics that self-destruct on command.

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