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The U.S. has plenty of the metals that are critical to many green-energy technologies, but engineering and R&D expertise have moved overseas.
Full operations will start at a U.S. mine by the end of next year.
The find could ease U.S. dependence on Chinese supply, but critics consider the announcement premature.
Researchers are working on composites that would make strong magnets that need less of the hard-to-get ingredients.
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?
Wonder material graphene wins Nobel Prize, flexible electronics head to market, and advances hint at the future of displays.