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Not-so-rare-earth elements? Massive discovery of rare earth deposit near Japan could allay supply woes

By April Gocha / April 13, 2018

Scientists reportedly discovered a massive deposit of rare-earth elements off the coast of Japan in 2013—and now, they report that not only is the deposit sufficiently massive in terms of its estimated rare-earth resource supply, but that recovery of said minerals is rather feasible.

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Super ceramic material builds superconducting magnet, setting new world record strength of 32T

By April Gocha / December 15, 2017

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University has used high-temperature superconducting ceramic materials to set a new world record for the strongest superconducting magnet, with a field strength of 32 tesla.

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New material may fuel advancement, lower cost of ceramic fuel cells

By April Gocha / July 31, 2015

Researchers at Colorado School of Mines have now propelled that continual innovation even further with their latest report on a new ceramic material and production technique that holds big promise for our fuel cell-filled futures.

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Yttrium superconducting tapes join to create super magnet for fusion reactors

By April Gocha / August 5, 2014

Scientists at Japan’s National Institutes of Natural Sciences report the fabrication of a large-scale magnet conductor—generating a record-breaking electrical current of 100,000 amps—that could soon find use in fusion reactors.

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Researchers levitate liquid metal oxide ceramics in mid-air to abuse them—Updated

By April Gocha / June 13, 2014

Researchers from Stony Brook University, in collaboration with Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories, have unveiled new insights into the structures of liquid metal oxides at high temperatures.

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Advanced materials opportunity: ARPA-E offers new $130M round of high-risk, high-reward funding

By / April 20, 2011

One of the projects ARPA-E is seeking to fund are alternatives to five key at-risk rare earth elements. Credit: DOE, “Critical Materials Strategy.” The DOE announced today that it is adding five new technology programs to the ARPA-E portfolio and is ponying-up $130 million to kick these new programs off. This is good news. Now…

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