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  • US coal ash highly rich in rare earths, scientists find

    05/31/2016 3:41:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mining ^ | May 30, 2016 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    US scientists have found what it could be key for the future of the country’s ailing coal industry as they detected that ashes from local operations, particularly those around the Appalachian region, are very rich in rare earth elements. Researchers from North Carolina-based Duke University analyzed coal ashes from coal-fired power plants throughout the US, including those in the largest coal-producing regions: the Appalachian Mountains; southern and western Illinois; and the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana. One of the team main conclusions was that coal waste generated by the Appalachian coal operations was the richest in rare earth...
  • Astrobiology Top 10: Earth's Moon May Not Be Critical to Life

    12/25/2015 12:03:24 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Astrobiology ^ | Wednesday, December 23, 2015 | Keith Cooper
    In 1993, French astronomer Jacques Laskar ran a series of calculations indicating that the gravity of the Moon is vital to stabilizing the tilt of our planet. Earth's obliquity, as this tilt is technically known as, has huge repercussions for climate. Laskar argued that should Earth's obliquity wander over hundreds of thousands of years, it would cause environmental chaos by creating a climate too variable for complex life to develop in relative peace. So his argument goes, we should feel remarkably lucky to have such a large moon on our doorstep, as no other terrestrial planet in our solar system...
  • New US space mining law to spark interplanetary gold rush

    12/08/2015 11:11:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 36 replies ^ | 12/8/2015 | Luc Olinga
    Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping "space water" might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new US law that legalizes cosmic mining.In a first, President Barack Obama signed legislation at the end of November that allows commercial extraction of minerals and other materials, including water, from asteroids and the moon. That could kick off an extraterrestrial gold rush, backed by a private aeronautics industry that is growing quickly and cutting the price of commercial space flight. The US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 says that any materials American individuals or companies find...
  • Solar system may be one of a kind

    08/05/2004 10:56:29 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 109 replies · 1,892+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 5, 2004
    Our solar system may be unique after all, despite the discovery of at least 120 other systems with planets, astronomers said on Wednesday. All the other solar systems that have been found have big, gassy planets circling too close to their stars to allow them to be anything like Earth or its fellow planets, the British and U.S.-based researchers said. If that is the case, Earth-like planets will be very rare, the astronomers write in the latest issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "Maybe these other extrasolar systems ... contain only the giant planets," said Mario...
  • Smart phone ingredient found in plant extracts

    09/07/2015 8:41:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2015
    HIRSCHFELD, GERMANY - Scientists in Germany have come up with a method for extracting the precious element germanium from plants. The element is a semi-conductor and was used to develop the first transistor because it is able to transport electrical charges extremely quickly. Nowadays, silicon-germanium alloy is indispensable to modern life, crucial in making computers, smartphones and fiber-optic cables. Transparent in infra-red light, germanium is also used in intelligent steering systems and parking sensors for vehicles. Yet although germanium is present in soil all over the world, it is difficult to extract, and most supplies currently come from China. Now...
  • Free Markets Smash Chinese Rare Earth Minerals Monopoly

    01/17/2015 8:26:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 16, 2015 | William Wilson
    Last week China announced that it would adhere to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling from last year by removing export quotas among other restrictions on rare earth minerals (RE). After controlling the global market for a number of years and extracting handsome rents, why is Beijing suddenly deciding to comply? It probably has little to do with the Chinese deciding to play by the rules and more to do with the realization that their attempt to use their dominant position to coerce political concessions has backfired. China’s monopoly of RE production has been quickly slipping away due to market...
  • Rare Earth Metals Were Supposed To Be The 'Can't-Lose' Investment — Look How That Turned Out

    09/16/2014 9:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/16/2014 | Myles Udland
    Shares of rare earth mining company Molycorp are down more than 70% in 2014. But the decline of Molycorp began quickly and brutally in 2011. Molycorp went public in July 2010 at $14 per share, right as the price of rare earth minerals started to take off. The price of Molycorp shares quintupled within a year, and peaked at $74 in 2011. But over the last three years, the stock has been on a steady march towards $0. The 2010 surge in rare earth prices prompted ZeroHedge to write: "Ever heard of the oxides of Lanthanum, Cerium, Neodymium, Praseodymium and/or...
  • NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

    02/12/2014 12:38:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Verge ^ | February 9, 2014 | Adrianne Jeffries
    NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon. The contract will be a "no funds exchanged" Space Agreement Act, which means the government will not be directly funding the effort, but will receive NASA support. Final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. NASA has...
  • Blunt, Manchin Introduce Bill To Encourage Domestic Production Of Rare Earth Minerals

    02/09/2014 8:08:08 AM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Senator Blunt ^ | 02/07/2014 | Senator Roy Blunt
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) introduced the “National Rare Earth Cooperative Act of 2014” this week, bipartisan legislation that relieves America’s dependence on China’s rare earth minerals, encourages private sector jobs and innovation, and preserves our the United States’ military technological edge. To read the bill, click this link:
  • China Again Deploys The Rare Earth Weapon

    01/09/2014 8:33:03 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 15 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 1/9/14 | Anonymous
    The U.S. Department of Defense recently granted the manufacturer of the new F-35 fighter a waiver for having some illegal Chinese components in newly built F-35s. The cheap Chinese components were nothing exotic; they were $2 magnets and stuff like that. These items inadvertently got into the supply chain as a Japanese subcontractor built parts of the aircraft. An audit later discovered the Chinese parts. The manufacturer told the Department of Defense that it would cost over $10 million and weeks, if not months, to take apart the offending assemblies, replace the Chinese items with American ones and reassemble, test...
  • Greenland votes to allow uranium, rare earths mining

    10/25/2013 11:22:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:19pm EDT | (with Reuters)
    Greenland’s parliament voted on Thursday (24 October) to end a decades-long prohibition on mining for radioactive materials like uranium, further opening up the country to investors from Australia and China eager to tap its vast mineral resources. The move will not only allow the mining of uranium deposits, but also of rare earths, minerals used in 21st century products from wind turbines to hybrid cars and smart phones and that are currently mostly extracted by China. With sea ice thawing and new Arctic shipping routes opening, the former Cold War ally of the West has emerged from isolation and gained...
  • Japan gains right to search for rare metals on high seas

    07/22/2013 6:08:50 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Japan News ^ | 07/23/2013 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    The Yomiuri Shimbun Japan has obtained exclusive mineral exploration rights for rare metals and other resources on the seabed about 600 kilometers southeast of Tokyo’s Minami-Torishima island. It is the first time in 26 years that Japan has obtained mineral exploration rights on the high seas. In an announcement Saturday, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry said it would begin full-fledged exploration next fiscal year at the earliest. To obtain exclusive exporation rights, a nation must first gain the approval of the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority. The U.N. authority gave its approval Friday, and the government is expected to...
  • Rush to find gold rush-era discards that could fuel cellphones, TVs

    07/21/2013 5:59:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2013 | AP
    Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside. There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements. "Uncle Sam could be sitting on a gold mine," said Larry Meinert, director of the...
  • I learned something interesting about the moon and the earth + climate(vanity)

    01/16/2012 1:51:34 AM PST · by Ancient Drive · 47 replies · 1+ views
    I was watching this program about the moon and the important role it plays on stabilizing earth. One of the things it does is keep it from wobbling all over the place. It keeps the earth fairly balanced, but every now and then the planet tilts 5 degrees up or down causing massive climatic changes. The last tilt turned what we now know as the Sahara desert from a lush green forest with rivers into the pile of sand it is today. So I'm thinking ok.. we have these tilts every now and then let's not forget solar flares +...
  • China 'stockpiling rare earths for strategic reserves'

    07/05/2012 12:37:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:10AM BST 05 Jul 2012 | (AFP)
    China has started stockpiling rare earths for strategic reserves, a state-backed newspaper said, in a move which may raise more worries over Beijing's control of the coveted resources. China has already started the purchase—using state funds—and storage of rare earths for strategic reserves, the China Securities Journal said, but did not say exactly when the initiative was launched. The country produces more than 90 percent of the world's rare earths, which are used in high-tech equipment ranging from iPods to missiles, and it has set production caps and export quotas on them. Major trading partners last month asked the World...
  • Hitachi unveils motor without 'rare earths'

    04/12/2012 5:48:31 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/11/2012 | uncredited
    TOKYO — Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi Wednesday unveiled an electric motor that does not use "rare earths", aiming to cut costs and reduce dependence on imports of the scarce minerals from China. The prototype 11 kilowatt motor does not use magnets containing rare earths and is expected to go into commercial production in 2014, the company said. Hitachi started work on the project on 2008. Other Japanese firms, including automaker Toyota, have been working towards the same goal, spurred on by high prices of the minerals. Permanent magnet motors usually contain rare earth such as neodymium and dysprosium and are...
  • Thorium, Heavy Rare Earths, China & the Loss of Manufacturing Jobs

    10/15/2011 5:44:18 PM PDT · by Errant · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10 Oct 2011 | thoriumremix
    Thorium policy in all western nations undermines the successful development of a domestic rare earth market. All of the rare earths that most western mining companies are willing to process are what they call bastnasites or carbonatites. They select these rare earths not because of the high ratios of rare earths but simply the absence of thorium. Manufacturers using rare earth elements in their products are relocating their manufacturing base inside China. The jobs in manufacturing transfer from the United States and western Europe into the Chinese mainland.
  • Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts

    07/03/2011 9:32:09 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 07/04/2011 | Reuters Staff
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday.
  • Rare Earths Seen Growing Less Rare

    05/07/2011 7:16:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Nikkei ^ | 05/06/11
    Friday, May 6, 2011 Rare Earths Seen Growing Less Rare SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Demand for rare earth elements that has driven up prices more than tenfold since 2009 is likely to be met by a surplus of supply by 2013, as Western companies start up new mines to compete with the Chinese firms that now dominate the market, Goldman Sachs analysts predicted Thursday. The forecast calls into question the sustainability of the current boom in rare earths, a suite of 17 elements used in products from high-powered magnets, and fuel refining to energy-efficient light bulbs and mobile phone screens, as well...
  • Are There Aliens Already on Earth?

    02/20/2006 5:28:16 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 129 replies · 3,257+ views
    Conspiracy theorists will readily tell you that the U.S. military is hiding alien corpses in a secret facility in the Nevada desert. But paleontologist and University of Washington geology professor Peter Ward thinks that scientists should be looking for a different type of alien life on earth: alien microbes. Ward is the author of several popular books about astrobiology, including the controversial Rare Earth, co-authored with Donald Brownlee. In his latest book, Life as We Do Not Know It, Ward addresses an issue often avoided by astrobiologists. Although all known life on Earth has a similar DNA-based chemistry, life found...
  • The Origins of the World and Mankind (Evolution etc.)

    03/12/2006 5:28:56 PM PST · by jecIIny · 34 replies · 1,420+ views
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 09-13-03 | Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
    The Originsof the World and Mankind An Attempt to Reconcilethe Biblical Account with Scientific Discoveries Bishop Alexander (Mileant)Translated by Karyn and Michael Grigoriev. Edited by Natalia Semyanko If you are knowledgeable in the issues discussed in this article, please share your comments with us. Also please let us know of any typos and mistakes in this preliminary version. Thank you! Bishop Alexander: . To read the full version with comments, download the document file. Content: 1. Introduction. 2. Two Revelations. 3. Science’s "Chapter One" Problem. 4. Insects on an Interplanetary Ship. 5. Faith and Knowledge. 6. The Issue of Miracles. 7. The...
  • Odds against Earth-like planets

    01/28/2003 11:50:07 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 134 replies · 1,241+ views ^ | January 28, 2003 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Earth-like worlds circling stars in orbital zones suitable for life may be few and far between in the cosmos, according to new research. In the first comprehensive study of extrasolar planetary systems, astronomers have shown that in most of them it would not be possible to keep an Earth-like world in orbit around a star so that it was neither too hot nor too cold for life. In general, other planetary systems fall into two types: those with Jupiter-like worlds circling close to their parent star, and those with more distant Jupiters in elliptical orbits. In both systems, maintaining an...
  • A Universe Of Life: Maybe Not

    01/07/2002 8:54:10 AM PST · by RightWhale · 96 replies · 1,589+ views
    spacedaily ^ | 7 Jan 02 | Karl Hill A Universe Of Life: Maybe Not by Karl Hill Las Cruces - Jan 7, 2002 This vast universe surely holds plenty of worlds where life can flourish, right? Don't bet on it, says New Mexico State University physicist Slava Solomatov. The more scientists learn about the conditions that make life possible on Earth, the more they realize how complex those factors are -- and how a relatively small change in one condition or another could have rendered the planet uninhabitable, Solomatov said. "It's a very finely tuned system," he said. "Some of the factors are well known, but we ...
  • Nigh? The End Of The World Is Already Here

    01/13/2003 5:58:50 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 296+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 1-14-2003 | John von Radowitz
    Nigh? The end of the world is already here By John von Radowitz 14 January 2003 The end of the world is not merely nigh – it has already begun. Earth has started the process of turning into a burnt-out cinder that will eventually be swallowed by the Sun, say the astrobiologists Donald Brownlee and Peter Ward of the University of Washington. They calculate that Earth's "day in the sun" has reached 4.30am, corresponding to its age of 4.5 billion years. By 5am the billion-year reign of animals and plants will have ended. At 8am the oceans will vaporise. At...
  • The End Of The World Has Already Begun (Stick A Fork In It, Game Over)

    01/25/2006 6:03:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 89 replies · 2,018+ views
    University of Washington ^ | 1/13/2006 | Vince Stricherz
    In its 4.5 billion years, Earth has evolved from its hot, violent birth to the celebrated watery blue planet that stands out in pictures from space. But in a new book, two noted University of Washington astrobiologists say the planet already has begun the long process of devolving into a burned-out cinder, eventually to be swallowed by the sun. By their reckoning, Earth's "day in the sun" has reached 4:30 a.m., corresponding to its 4.5 billion-year age. By 5 a.m., the 1 billion-year reign of animals and plants will come to an end. At 8 a.m. the oceans will vaporize....
  • Are We Alone? (reason to ponder what makes the earth unique)

    07/30/2004 11:57:38 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 85 replies · 2,250+ views
    Discovery Institute / The American Spectator ^ | May 1, 2004 | Jay W. Richards & Guillermo Gonzalez
    Are We Alone?Our recent success on Mars leaves us no reason to think otherwise--and reason to ponder what makes the earth unique. By: Jay W. Richards & Guillermo Gonzalez The American Spectator May 1, 2004 The American taxpayers recently footed the bill for a risky $800 million NASA mission. The good news? It worked. In January, two NASA landers bounced to their destinations and released their rovers Spirit and Opportunity to prowl the Martian landscape. These remarkable little robots were not searching for archaeological ruins or strange, black monoliths but something much less exotic--the fingerprints of water in liquid form....
  • Authors say Earth's hot birth foretells its death

    02/12/2003 5:32:05 AM PST · by Valin · 56 replies · 450+ views
    Imagine the blue marble of Earth turning white, as the glaciers advance, sea levels drop, harbors turn to meadows, and "snouts of ice" a third of a mile high bulldoze the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Scientists have been saying for some time that Earth is doomed, that the dying sun will balloon out and embrace the planet in the ultimate global warming -- but the incineration is at least 7 billion years away, and first, it's going to get very, very cold. At least two scientists have concluded that the Earth is already on the downward slope, its biological heyday millions...
  • Uncommon Earth - Simulation shows the solar system could only form under rare conditions

    08/07/2008 9:57:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 108 replies · 207+ views
    Science News ^ | August 7th, 2008 | Ashley Yeager
    Goldilocks isn’t the only one who demanded everything to be “just right.” The Earth and its fellow seven planets also needed perfect conditions to form as observed, and those right conditions occur rarely, a new computer simulation shows. The new simulation, described in the Aug. 8 Science, is the first to trace from beginning to end how planetary systems form from an initial gas disk encircling a baby star. “The really striking result of the new model is how chaotic and even violent the average story of a planet’s birth is,” says Edward Thommes, an astrophysicist now at the University...
  • UW professors: Discovering life on other planets unlikely (Barf!)

    11/15/2005 6:45:01 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 100 replies · 2,186+ views
    The UW Daily Online ^ | 11/15/05 | Tia Ghose
    Ever wondered how life began and whether there is life on other planets? You're not alone, but the curiosity rarely turns into a career. The UW astrobiology program gives hope to would-be professional stargazers. Astrobiology -- the study of life in the universe -- looks for scientific answers to questions like "How did life begin on this planet?" and "Are we alone in the universe?" The field builds on knowledge across several disciplines. UW biology professor Peter Ward and UW astronomy professor Donald Brownlee believe discovering intelligent aliens on other planets is unlikely. In Rare Earth, a book the two...
  • China holding rare-earth materials back from export

    02/05/2011 5:32:01 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    European Business Press ^ | February 04, 2011 | Phil Ling
    According to the new report on the world linear and torque motor market by IMS Research, the biggest threat to the market is the continuity of supply of rare-earth magnets, as the latest reports show that the Chinese Government intends to cut export quotas of rare earth material by 35% for the first half of 2011. It is widely accepted that China produces 97% of the world's rare-earth material and so controls the world market for it... It poses several questions; how are direct-drive motor manufacturers going to ensure continuity of supply of rare-earth magnetic components, and what is the...
  • I Was a Rare Earths Day Trader (or How I lost half my savings in a global investment bubble)

    01/23/2011 9:04:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | 01/21/2011 | Jason Miklian
    How a naval confrontation in the South China Sea created a global investment bubble -- and cost me half my life savings. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "What's the definition of a mine? A hole in the ground with a liar on top." The most famous aphorism about the mining business is usually credited -- possibly apocryphally -- to Mark Twain, who before assuming the mantle of America's great literary wit was just another mining speculator gone bust. But generations of fleeced investors since Twain's day would nod angrily in agreement -- losing a fortune on too-good-to-be-true mining deals is a tradition as old...
  • U.S. at risk of rare earths supply disruptions

    12/15/2010 10:34:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/10 | Tom Doggett
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States risks major supply disruptions of rare earth metals used in clean energy products unless it diversifies its sources of the minerals, the Energy Department warns in a report due to be released later on Wednesday. The United States and other countries are worried that China, which controls 97 percent of the world trade in rare earth metals, will use those supplies as a political weapon and cut back their export when it is in a dispute with another country or to grow China's clean energy technology sector. "The availability of a number of these...
  • Rare Earth Elements in US Not So Rare, Report Finds

    11/18/2010 2:50:34 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 14 replies
    Scince Daily ^ | November 17, 2010
    Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey. This estimate of domestic rare earth deposits is part of a larger report that includes a review of global sources for REE, information on known deposits that might provide domestic sources of REE in the future, and geologic information crucial for studies of the availability of REE to U.S. industry.
  • Rare earth's rocketing into a bubble?

    10/25/2010 8:00:01 AM PDT · by epithermal · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mining Weekly ^ | 25th October 2010 | Matthew Hill
    TORONTO ( - The Financial Times (FT) said at the weekend that the fears of Chinese supplies being squeezed had sent rare earth element companies' stock soaring, and experts warned this was turning into a bubble. The FT compared the run up in shares to the uranium market in 2006-2008, when the uranium price rapidly rose to an all time high of $135/lb, then collapsed, bringing many companies down with it. "Most of those companies are now back trading at penny levels," the FT said. "Six obscure junior miners, based in the US, Canada and Australia, now have a combined...
  • Magnequench: CFIUS and China's Thirst for U.S. Defense Technology

    05/04/2008 5:10:29 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 15 replies · 244+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 2, 2008 | John J. Tkacik, Jr.
    One of Senator Hillary Clinton's Asia policy advisers quit her presidential campaign several days ago, complaining that the candidate was engaging in "gratuitous China bashing."[1] And, in fact, the Senator has of late been engaged in a jeremiad on China.[2] To be sure, a good portion of the sourness nurtured in the Democratic Party's base against China is undeserved, and more about big-labor politics than genuine security concerns, yet Senator Clinton has spotlighted at least two grave vulnerabilities in America's defense industrial base: Chinese state-controlled investments in key U.S. defense suppliers and the impact on defense supplies caused by seemingly...
  • China Said to Widen Its Embargo of Minerals (EPA Closed the last mine in the U.S.)

    10/19/2010 7:50:08 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | October19,2010 | KEITH BRADSHER
    HONG KONG — China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of those materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further intensify already rising trade and currency tensions with the West. Until recently, China typically sought quick and quiet accommodations on trade issues. But the interruption in rare earth supplies is the latest sign from Beijing that Chinese leaders are willing to use their...
  • China Is Said to Halt Exports to U.S. of Some Key Minerals

    10/19/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 59 replies
    By KEITH BRADSHER Published: October 19, 2010 HONG KONG — China, which has been blocking shipments of crucial minerals to Japan for the last month, has now quietly halted shipments of some of those same materials to the United States and Europe, three industry officials said on Tuesday. The Chinese action, involving rare earth minerals that are crucial to manufacturing many advanced products, seems certain to further ratchet up already rising trade and currency tensions with the West. Until recently, China typically sought quick and quiet accommodations on trade issues. But the interruption in rare earth supplies is the latest...
  • China's Rare Earth Supply That The World Relies On Could Now Run Out In Just 15 Years

    10/16/2010 11:35:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/16/2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Most of the world is dependent on China to supply rare earths as key raw materials used in many of the latest technologies from military hardware to electric cars, but China's Ministry of Commerce is warning that its massive supply of rare earths could be exhausted in just 15 - 20 years. The current rate of production and global consumption is just too large for China. Bloomberg: China, controller of more than 90 percent of production of the materials used in cell phones and radar, cut its export quotas by 72 percent for the second half and reduced output, spurring...
  • The Politics of Rare Earth (For the serious investor thinking of diversifying)

    10/03/2010 9:36:13 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 12 replies
    arlier this week, the U.S. Senate held hearings on a bill to jumpstart domestic production of “rare earth” minerals, in order to break China’s near-monopoly on these little known but essential raw materials. Yesterday, I was asked to appear on Chinese TV to offer some background and insight on the issue. “Rare earth” refers to a collection of 17 elements from the periodic table, with Star Trek-sounding names like holmium, europium, neodymium, and thulium. They tend to be found together, and exhibit similar chemical properties that make them useful — and in many cases vital — for a whole host...
  • Here's What You Need To Know About The Politics Behind Rare Earth Metals

    10/03/2010 7:33:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 3, 2010 | Patrick Chovanec
    Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate held hearings on a bill to jumpstart domestic production of “rare earth” minerals, in order to break China’s near-monopoly on these little known but essential raw materials... “Rare earth” refers to a collection of 17 elements from the periodic table, with Star Trek-sounding names like holmium, europium, neodymium, and thulium. They tend to be found together, and exhibit similar chemical properties that make them useful — and in many cases vital — for a whole host of high-tech applications, such as superconductors, magnets, and lasers. Rare earths are essential ingredients in many emerging “green”...
  • You Don't Bring a Praseodymium Knife to a Gunfight

    10/01/2010 8:49:04 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/29/10 | Tim Worstall
    China thinks it can withhold its exports of obscure but important minerals to get its way with its neighbors. Why it picked the wrong weapon.Last week, the New York Times published a stunning story: China, amid a nasty territorial spat with Japan, had quietly halted shipments of rare-earth minerals to its East Asian neighbor, threatening to escalate a skirmish into a full-blown trade war. China swiftly denied the story, while other journalists rushed to confirm it. The Times reported on Sept. 28 that China, while still not admitting the existence of the ban, may be tacitly lifting it -- but...
  • Amid Tension, China Blocks Rare Earth Exports to Japan

    09/22/2010 9:57:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2010 | Keith Bradsher
    Sharply raising the stakes in a dispute over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, the Chinese government has placed a trade embargo on all exports to Japan of a crucial category of minerals used in products like hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles. Chinese customs officials are halting all shipments to Japan of so-called rare earth elements, industry officials said on Thursday morning. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao personally called for Japan’s release of the captain, who was detained after his vessel collided with two Japanese coast guard vessels about 40 minutes apart as he tried...
  • China's monopoly on 17 key elements sets stage for supply crisis

    09/01/2010 10:15:00 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 1+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | September 1, 2010 | Unknown
    China's monopoly on the global supply of elements critical for production of computer hard disc drives, hybrid-electric cars, military weapons, and other key products — and its increasingly strict limits on exports — is setting the stage for a crisis in the United States. That's the topic of the cover story of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Editor Mitch Jacoby and Contributing Editor Jessie Jiang explain that the situation involves a family of chemical elements that may soon start to live up to their name, the "rare earths." China has virtually cornered the global market...
  • America's Fast Track to the Third World

    07/21/2010 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 21, 2010 | Dan Gorski
    The Department of Defense has sounded an alarm about our access to a strategically vital group of metals called the rare earth elements. A report on the problem prepared by the GAO is not pretty. It concludes the Chinese now control the production, processing and manufacture of final products of these vital metals and now own the patents for many of these processes. The worries of the DoD are well justified; missile guidance systems, smart bombs, night vision gear, unmanned aircraft and much more are dependent on the rare earth elements in some way. Without these metals, our weapons technology...
  • China Freaks Out The World - Restrictions On Export Of Metals Crucial For National Defense

    06/02/2010 7:49:46 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 999+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-2-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    China Freaks Out The World By Announcing Restrictions On Export Of Metals Crucial For National Defense Joe Weisenthal Jun. 2, 2010, 10:11 PM China appears to be making moves that several folks had been fearing for some time: It is considering stricter limits on the export of so-called rare-earth metals. The metals, which are most abundant in China, are used in a range of high tech industries including green energy and defense, which is what most concerns the US government. Claiming that the mining of rare earths has been bad for the environment, the government is moving to restrict unauthorized...
  • As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

    08/31/2009 8:58:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 2,448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells. Worldwide demand for rare earths, covering 15 entries on the periodic table of elements, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tonnes annually in several years unless...

    10/12/2006 7:13:39 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 842+ views
    The Anchor House ^ | October 10, 2006 | Clint Cox
    Rare Earth May Be China’s Checkmate October 10th, 2006 By Clint Cox In 1992, Deng Xiaoping, then ruler of China, put the world on notice with the following statement: “There is oil in the Middle East; there is rare earth in China.” What does this statement mean? We know that oil is crucial for modern civilization – this is no secret. Oil gets a lot of media attention, and it affects the consumer at the pump. Although there are other players, the Middle East clearly leads this sector with approximately 40% of the current world production total. We felt the...
  • Beijing Acquires More U.S. Technology

    03/06/2003 6:49:39 PM PST · by joesnuffy · 12 replies · 260+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 6, 2003 | Scott L Wheeler
    AMERICA'S CHINA SYNDROME Beijing acquires more U.S. technology Transfer of high-tech equipment result of long-range espionage Posted: March 6, 2003 5:00 p.m. Eastern By Scott L Wheeler © 2003 News World Communications Inc. Outraged U.S. technology experts and documents obtained by Insight indicate that the acquisition and subsequent transfer of high-tech rare-earth-magnet equipment and technology to the People's Republic of China is the result of a long-range espionage plan by the late "Paramount Leader" Deng Xiaoping directly involving two of Deng's sons-in-law. The revelations come as Magnequench Inc., a company partially owned by the San Huan New Materials and Hi-Tech...
  • Missile Technology Sent To China

    02/05/2003 8:08:53 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 24 replies · 1,472+ views
    INSIGHT magazine ^ | February 18, 2003 | Scott L. Wheeler
    An important U.S. high-tech manufacturer is shutting down its American operations, laying off hundreds of workers and moving sophisticated equipment now being used to make critical parts for smart bombs to the People's Republic of China (PRC), Insight has learned. Indianapolis-based Magnequench Inc. has not yet publically announced the closing of its Valparaiso, Ind., factory, but Insight has confirmed that the company will shut down this year and relocate at least some of its high-tech machine tools to Tianjin, China. Word of the shutdown comes as the company is producing critical parts for the U.S. Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)...