A new geochemical discovery could lead to a cleaner way to extract the rare earth elements needed for the transition to renewable energy.
Norisk metallurgical plant in Russia produced more than half of the world’s nickel in 1997.
Electric vehicle batteries, wind turbine generators and hydrogen fuel cells are among technologies likely to be affected by the conflict.
Afghanistan has mineral resources that include precious gems and minerals such as copper and rare earth elements.
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Afghanistan has vast mineral resources that have long attracted interest from outside countries, but a lack of infrastructure and political instability means they’re unlikely to aid its economy now.
China has a monopoly on rare earth metals, so where will the materials for the UK’s wind revolution come from?
The world’s data centres produce about the same amount of carbon dioxide as global air travel.
The digital economy is taking off. So are the greenhouse gas emissions, electronic waste and pollution associated with it.
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Exactly 150 years after Mendeleev’s classic formulation, it’s time for one for the resource-hungry 21st century.
Is more than waste stored in this pile of coal ash?
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Questions about supplies of rare-earth elements, crucial in high-tech devices, pushed researchers to look to industrial waste for new sources of the key materials.
A handful of europium.
A geologist explains the basics about these elements, which are crucial for modern electronics.
Electric cars and smartphones have created growing demand – and volatile prices – for once obscure metals.
It turns out that the world is about 4,600,000,000 years old. That’s 4.6 billion years. That’s pretty old!
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The world is made of tiny building blocks called ‘elements’. Scientists have worked out how fast some elements change into other elements. That gives us a very big clue about how old the Earth is.
A laser beam (yellow) causes a path of red fluorescence in a rare earth crystal.
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Rare earth elements aren’t actually that rare - but they certainly are useful. Erbium is used right now in the internet’s optical fibre network, and could one day be applied in quantum networks.
Siberia’s red river reminds us that mining for minerals and metals can still compromise the environment.
Rare earth elements, the unusual spices of the industrial world.
Metals are generally abundant throughout the Earth’s crust, but not always at the right cost in the right place at the right time.
Phones these days won’t work without rare earths.
Materials essential for technology products such as electric vehicles, wind turbines or hard disks, known as rare earth elements, aren’t becoming any less rare, or any less crucial. In fact, experts at…
An element on the fringe of the periodic table could help build safe new storage containers for radioactive waste, help separate…
Amid global demand for rare earth minerals, there has been a strong interest in deep sea mining.
Defence behemoth Lockheed Martin’s recent announcement of a venture into deep sea mining (DSM) reflects growing interest in exploiting virgin mining territory. In what is being described by some as a “deep…
Four times Australia’s GDP could be hiding in here.
Rare earth elements (REEs), for so long ignored by big mining companies, have recently become incredibly popular. But, contrary to what their names suggests, they are not particularly rare. They do, however…
The process of extracting REE from the ocean floor presents a Catch 22.
News outlets recently reported a new paper in Nature Geoscience from a Japanese team documenting very large amounts of Rare Earth Elements (REE) in the mud at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. REE are essential…