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Today’s electric cars and wind turbines rely on a few elements that are mined almost entirely in China. Demand for these materials may soon exceed supply. Will this be China’s next great economic advantage?
Researchers are working on composites that would make strong magnets that need less of the hard-to-get ingredients.
Full operations will start at a U.S. mine by the end of next year.
The portable but powerful magnet could be used to find archaeological artifacts or to detect contamination in products.
A startup snags funding to start early work on a low-budget test reactor.