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Apple to use recycled rare Earth materials in new iPhones

As part of its growing focus on environmental issues, Apple is the first technology company to make use recycled rare earth materials. These are in a key component in newly-launched iPhones.

Honda's new hybrid motor is free of heavy rare earth elements

Honda Motors, working with Daido Steel, has made a major breakthrough in hybrid technology in developing the first magnet suitable for use in automotive drive applications that does not make use of heavy rare earth elements.

Baotou — A toxic lake created because of a thirst for technology

There is a man-made lake in the western part of Inner Mongolia that is probably the most toxic, dangerous place in the world. Yet it is a necessity because of the mining industry that created it.

The global hunt for badly needed rare earth elements

Once only of interest to scientists and engineers, 17 so-called rare earth elements are right now shaping the economical and political realities of nations and the world, 17 metals of importance for green technologies, for communication, for the military.
 

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Molycorp rare-earth mine and processing facilities - Mountain Pass  California.
Molycorp rare-earth mine and processing facilities - Mountain Pass, California.
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Honda s new drive motor will not have any heavy rare earth elements.
Honda's new drive motor will not have any heavy rare earth elements.
Honda Motors
Rare earth metals production and reserves
Rare earth metals production and reserves
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NETL’s lab in Morgantown  West Virginia is home to a large amount of fossil fuel research.
NETL’s lab in Morgantown, West Virginia is home to a large amount of fossil fuel research.
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