Holmium Element Is The Key To Single-Atom Storage

Individual holmium atoms adsorbed on magnesium oxide films can form highly stable magnets, according to a study done by Fabian Natterer at Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and colleagues. The team showed that the single-atom magnets can endure relatively high temperatures and strong external magnetic fields. The work could lead to the development of extremely high-density data storage devices.

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US Department of Energy/West Virginia University Commission Rare Earth Element Plant

The US Department of Energy/West Virginia University Commission Rare Earth Element Plant on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting for a pilot-scale processing plant at West Virginia University aimed at recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts.

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From Coal, A New Source Of Rare Earths

As global demand for rare-earth elements grows, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing millions of dollars to secure a potentially sustainable domestic source of these commercially critical elements from coal and coal waste products.

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China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus (2010 New York Times)

The excerpt below is drawn from a 2010 New York Times story. For the full story, please select the link below. As one reads this story, it is not difficult to imagine how a trade war could become far more draconian with severe implications on the global rare earth elements supply-chain.

Mike Luther, Global REEs Venture

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Critical Materials Spotlight: Alaska

At least 15 of the 23 critical minerals identified by the U.S. Geological Survey – antimony, barite, beryllium, cobalt, fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, rhenium, tantalum, tellurium, tin and vanadium – are found across the state of Alaska.

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