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Newsweek may have to go into my daily rotation

January 2, 2010

300 hits today because I linked to a Newsweek blog.

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  1. Portlandic permalink
    January 3, 2010 1:18 am notes the UK paper The Independent reports:

    “Britain and other Western countries risk running out of supplies of certain highly sought-after rare metals that are vital to a host of green technologies, amid growing evidence that China, which has a monopoly on global production, is set to choke off exports of valuable compounds. Failure to secure alternative long-term sources of rare earth elements (REEs) would affect the manufacturing and development of low-carbon technology, which relies on the unique properties of the 17 metals to mass-produce eco-friendly innovations such as wind turbines and low-energy light bulbs. China, whose mines account for 97 per cent of global supplies, is trying to ensure that all raw REE materials are processed within its borders. During the past seven years it has reduced by 40 per cent the amount of rare earths available for export.”

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 3, 2010 5:44 am

      I saw that. I also just saw something about super-atoms that may help alleviate that issue. I can’t find the specific article at the moment but essentially by stacking atoms of lighter elements they can be made to exhibt the qualities of other atoms higher in the periodic table. This isn’t the article I saw yesterday but it kind of outlines what they were saying.

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