News tagged with rare earth elements

New 'ATM' takes old phones and gives back green

When new cell phones or tablets enter the marketplace, yesterday's hot technology can quickly become obsolete - for some consumers. For others, the device still has value as an affordable alternative, or ...

Sep 17, 2012
4.5 / 5 (2) 0

Moon whets appetite for water

Scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, with colleagues, have discovered a much higher water content in the Moon's interior than previous studies. Their research suggests that the ...

Jun 14, 2010
4.6 / 5 (18) 3 | with audio podcast

Clean energy could lead to scarce materials

As the world moves toward greater use of low-carbon and zero-carbon energy sources, a possible bottleneck looms, according to a new MIT study: the supply of certain metals needed for key clean-energy technologies.

Apr 09, 2012
3.9 / 5 (8) 25 | with audio podcast

Life's first taste of phosphorus

Despite its impressive biological resume, phosphorus is relatively inaccessible as elements go. To understand how phosphorus obtained its prominent role, scientists are modeling the early geochemical environment ...

Aug 23, 2012
5 / 5 (4) 1 | with audio podcast