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Nature publishes an article about rare earth exploration

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Chemistry: Degrees of separation Chemists hope to break China's monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore. Author: XiaoZhi Lim 22 April 2015   In July 2010, the Chinese government sent a chill through the world's high-technology industries when it announced a 37% cut in export quotas for rare-earth elements — a group of 17 metallic elements that are essential ingredients in display screens, low-energy lighting, high-powered lasers and a host of other twenty-first-century products. China has a near monopoly on production of these elements, generating 97% of the world's supply in 2010. So...

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