The newest update of the Critical Materials Institute table of U.S. magnet patents is available. Table updated Nov. 10, 2015.
CMI scientist Ikenna Nlebdim describes recycling rare earths from magnet scraps on the factory floor, which are called swarf. With magnets in our refrigerators, cell phones, computers and cars, Ikenna says "our lives actually revolve around magnets." Ames Lab 101: Recycling Magnets from the Factory Floor (2:10)