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    A tale of two rare earth countries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Unique, remarkable, magical and irreplaceable are some of the adjectives uses to describe rare earths – a group of 17 elements with names most of us have never heard of but have seemingly mystical magnetic, electrical and luminescent properties we use every day. "There are literally hundreds of uses for rare earths – they are unique materials, almost alchemistical magic," said Michael Silver, CEO of American Elements, a Los Angeles-based distributor of rare earths and... Full story

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    USA Rare Earth adds magnet equipment

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    USA Rare Earth LLC has acquired state-of-the-art neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnet manufacturing equipment, another key piece to the company's strategy to establish a complete rare earths mines-to-magnets supply chain in the United States. New York-based USA Rare Earth has already made major headway toward this objective as the funding and development partner at Round Top, a rare earth and critical minerals project about 85 miles southeast of El Paso. According to a prelim...

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    The enigmatic rare earth elements paradox

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    American mines produced roughly 26,000 tons of rare earth during 2019, a 44 percent increase over 2018, yet the United States is 100 percent reliant on foreign countries for its supply of these 17 elements vital to our modern high-tech society. This apparent paradox speaks to the complexities of these enigmatic metals. The irony of rare earth elements (REEs) begins with their name, which is at the same time a misnomer and accurate descriptor. "All the REEs except promethium...

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    REE tech arises from the ashes of coal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    Coal-fired power plants have been inadvertently creating deposits of rare earth elements while producing low-cost electricity for American consumers. Eyeing the untapped potential in the ashes of decades of burning coal, researchers at Purdue University have developed a sustainable way to extract and separate these tightly interlocked elements into the metals needed for modern technology. And any efficient and environmentally friendly process developed to separate REEs found i... Full story