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Radioactive ceramics: Unearthing rare earths reveals heavy environmental impact of today’s tech

By April Gocha / April 21, 2015

A group of architects, designers, writers, reporters, and thinkers called the Unknown Fields Division have traveled the world and are now pulling back the curtain to show the toxic story lurking behind rare earth production.

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Phosphate-rich salmon sperm could prove key to greener, cheaper recycling of rare earths

By Jessica McMathis / January 28, 2015

A team of Japanese researchers has discovered that the sperm of salmon could effectively replace the more costly and less environmentally friendly methods used to recover rare-earth elements from electronic and magnetic waste.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 12, 2014

Better catalysts for hydrogen generators, silicon shovels dig for rare earths, direct writing diamond patterns, Kevlar-based electronics, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 12, 2014.

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DOE announces $3 million for geothermal energy R&D, rare-earth element supply

By Jessica McMathis / February 19, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $3 million to research and development of low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources in the United States, as well as to support domestic supply of “critical materials.”

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / October 21, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

By / June 10, 2013

• Owens Corning has formed a partnership with Chinese glass fiber producer Taishan Fiberglass. Taishan is a subsidiary of China National Materials Group (Sinoma). The partnership will grow the use of alkali resistant speciality glass products; manufacturing will be based in China and supported by Owens Corning’s R&D centers, which will provide product and application…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / January 22, 2013

These were, at least, interesting to me: MIT researchers discover a new kind of magnetism Following up on earlier theoretical predictions, MIT researchers have now demonstrated experimentally the existence of a fundamentally new kind of magnetic behavior, adding to the two previously known states of magnetism. Ferromagnetism—the simple magnetism of a bar magnet or compass…

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China edges rare earth exports ceiling upwards, but demand slack continues; new RE extraction method surfaces

By / August 28, 2012

Relative stock prices of Molycorp (blue line) and Lynas (green) compared to Dow Jones Industrial Average (red) since August increase in China’s rare earth exports quota. Source: Yahoo Finance. Recent developments around the world related to rare earth elements continue to suggest that strategic concerns are being supplanted by shorter-term economic, environmental and technical considerations,…

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Supply chain issues drive rare earth economics

By Eileen De Guire / April 27, 2012

Access to rare earths needs to be addressed at all points in the supply chain, experts say. Credit: The Bulletin, ACerS. In March the US, Japan and European Union filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against China contending that its export rules violate international trade rules. At present, China controls about 95 percent…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / April 20, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Kyocera remains San Diego’s most-awarded company for environmental programs, honored with 12th consecutive city recycling award; to hold eWaste recycling program in honor of Earth Day 2012 Kyocera Communications Inc., a San Diego-based provider of wireless phones in the Americas and a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., has…

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