Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / January 7, 2015

China opens up rare earths, shark-tooth chainsaw really cuts, solubility of graphene oxide films solved, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 7, 2015.

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Increased trade, decreased price: Deal may expand tariff-free tech, including semiconductors

By April Gocha / November 12, 2014

Successful negotiations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are setting the stage for the World Trade Organization to slash tariffs on an expanded selection of high-tech products, including semiconductors.

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China defends rare earth stance; smuggling exceeding legal exports

By Eileen De Guire / March 25, 2013

Satellite photo of China’s Bayan Obo Mining District. Credit: NASA; Wikipedia. A few days ago—at the European Raw Materials Conference—China’s Zhang Lirong reiterated his nation’s position that despite WTO actions, restrictions, which his country has been placing on rare earth-related exports, are largely the result of concerns about the environmental effects of mining and refining these materials.…

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Peter distills his picks for the top 5 posts for 2012

By / December 31, 2012

My list is much more straightforward than Eileen’s. I find that restraint and discipline comes with age. Mostly. (Eileen adds—See Peter’s fifth story. We’re even!) Anyway, I crafted my list based on trends, biases, underreporting by commercial news services, murky understanding of two-dimensional phenomena and, well, bad taste. In several cases, the post I picked…

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