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CMI-funded research on recyling rare earth elements:

CMI research wins 2018 FLC Award: Congratulations to the 2018 FLC Award Winners, Feb. 2, 2018

Ames Laboratory: New joint industry project will recycle domestic rare-earth materials using Critical Materials Institute technology, Jan. 22, 2018

R&D 100 Awards:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: LLNL scientists stick to a new efficient magnet, Oct. 9, 2017

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute develops new acid-free magnet recycling process, Sept. 5, 2017

ORNL: Neutrons peer into running engine, July 26, 2017

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute manufactures magnets entirely from U.S.-sourced rare earths, July 28, 2017

Ames Laboratory: The Critical Materials Institute designs rare-earth extractants with the help of new software, June 7, 2017

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

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News about CMI people:

Theresa Windus, U.S. association honors Iowa State University scientists for studies of plant viruses, computational science, Nov. 21, 2017

Iver Anderson, "Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy" award from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), June 2017

Iver Anderson inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Parans Paranthaman in video on 3d printed magnet performance

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News about CMI partners:

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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