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Rare Earths and Other Critical Materials Status Update, May 2017

cover of Ames Laboratory magazine features CMIAmes Laboratory Inquiry: Critical Materials Institute: Early successes lead to new and bigger challenges, 2016 issue 2

The Economist: Magnetic moments: 3D printers promise better, cheaper and more powerful magnets, Nov. 19, 2016

Big Area Additive Manufacturing: original from ORNL, via EurekAlert!,, UPI, Science Daily, 3d printing; Nextbigfuture; tctmagazine;, Plastics Today

New CMI Team Members:

National Manufacturing Day, October 7, 2016:

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Ames Laboratory to participate in Department of Energy's $39.8 M Exascale Computing Project, October 11, 2016

Ames Laboratory Senior Scientist Paul C. Canfield receives APS McGroddy Prize, October 13, 2016

Corby Anderson named University of Idaho Academy of Engineers

Covey named FLC Mid-Continent Tech Transfer Professional of Year, October 5, 2016

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Cerium-Aluminum Alloy, Eck and ORNL:

3D Printed Magnet, Momentum Technologies and ORNL:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL is developing methods to recover rare earth magnets from used hard drives, Sept. 28, 2016 Dr. Sanjiv Malhotra to lead Energy Department's Clean Energy Investment Center, Jan. 5, 2016

BloombergBusiness: Molycorp bids said to top miner's own price amid sales feud, Jan. 5, 2016

New elements on periodic table:

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News about Rare Earths, New or Critical Materials, and Their Uses:

Tesla more than doubles lithium-ion battery life, May 11, 2017

Apple's promise to end rare earth mineral mining is 100% unattainable today, April 20, 2017; April 21, 2017

Work of Critical Materials Institute could help lesson US dependence on China for rare earths, April 4, 2017

Human Life Requires 26 Essential Elements, an iPhone Requires 75, November 30, 2016

Will Obama leave behind an innovation legacy?, November 29, 2016

Goldman-Sachs has called lithium the "new gasoline," November 18, 2016

Your old phone is full of untapped precious metals, October 18, 2016

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