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President’s executive order could mean less dependence on critical mineral imports

By Faye Oney / January 12, 2018

President Trump recently signed an executive order to explore new sources of 23 critical minerals in the U.S. The directive could spur domestic production of critical minerals, including rare-earth elements, and lessen U.S. dependence on imported minerals.

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The road to REE independence: Rare-earth elements discovered in U.S. coal basins

By Faye Oney / December 8, 2017

A collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, academia, and business has resulted in the discovery of high concentrations of rare-earth elements in several U.S. coal basins. The success of this discovery could eventually reduce the U.S.’s dependence on imported rare earths.

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Bioactive glasses burgeon into soft tissue applications—and other stories—in the August ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / July 23, 2015

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin, now available online, features a cover story all about bioactive glasses for soft tissue applications.

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Making glass from food waste—and more great stories—in the August ACerS Bulletin, now online

By April Gocha / July 18, 2014

The August issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring stories about making glass from food waste, aluminum nitride powder synthesis, processing maps for flash sintering, the annual raw minerals report, and more—is now online.

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Is there praseodymium in them thar hills?

By Eileen De Guire / August 2, 2013

  The hunt for rare earth sources includes finding new sources, reclaiming mine tailings, and extracting them from discarded electronics. Here, Ames Laboratory researchers apply physical metallurgy principles to extracting rare earths from recycled components. Credit: Ames Lab.   When it comes to mining rare earth minerals, there is no “low hanging” fruit. Their name,…

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U.S. mineral production declines 20% in 2009

By / February 16, 2010

From the perspective of the U.S.’s strategic interests, this does not bode well. The USGS today reported that the value of unprocessed non-fuel minerals dropped about $14 billion to $57 billion in 2009. Likewise, the agency said that the value of processed/refined minerals dropped a whopping 25%. I previously have lamented the lack of a…

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