The London REE Report: Ytterbium

An exotic new superconductor based on the element ytterbium displays unusual properties that could change how scientists understand and create materials for superconductors and electronics. In a paper published Jan. 21 in the journal Science, University of Tokyo and Rutgers University researchers report that this material, beta-YbAlB4, can reach a point where seemingly contradictory electrical and magnetic properties coexist, without being subject to massive changes in pressure, magnetic fields, or chemical impurities. This point, which physicists call...

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Ultracapcitors Market to Top $900 Million by 2016 and Carbon May Actually Be the Answer

Several weeks ago, I was invited to lunch with group of former science and engineering colleagues from my days in the electric power industry. The group invites a guest speaker to present and lead a discussion one of the growing technologies… where it’s at in the development or applications stages, and what is the science the underlies its performance. I had the pleasure of providing the group an overview of the Rare Earths Industry in October. This...

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Down Under REE report: Tanzania excitement, Chinese moves

Australian investors became very excited Friday by the news out of Tanzanian REE explorer Peak Resources (ASX:PEK). This news was that all 13 drill holes at the Ngualla project intersected REEs at grades greater than 1 per cent. That and the shallow nature of the hits sent Peak’s share prices upwards by 47.5 per cent; but perhaps the real measure of the excitement was that the volume of shares going through was 75 times that of the...

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LED made more efficient with new gallium nitride defect reduction technique

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are rapidly becoming the technology of choice for use in energy-efficient lighting in all kinds of applications. And while LEDs are touted as much more energy-efficient than compact fluorescent and incandescent bulbs (let alone their greater number of applications), there is apparently still room for real improvement. In this vein, researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) recently reported that they have developed a new technique that reduces defects in the gallium nitride (GaN)...

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RMB Week-In-Review Part 2 (Jan. 31st-Feb 4th): "It's Better Than You Think"

MEDIA: A spate of fascinating stories popped up in international mainstream media this week including several reports about the European Commission, which issued a list of 14 priority materials crucial for industry and economic growth that “are in risk of shortage and therefore steep price rises.” According to the report the commission warned that “recent volatility in commodity prices threatens to increase inflation and global raw material markets are becoming increasingly distorted due to protectionist measures.” Extremely...

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RMB Week-In-Review Part 1 (Jan. 31st-Feb 4th): "It's Better Than You Think"

RMB Week in Review: Reporting from down under Robin Bromby tackled the news that Nick Curtis, head of Lynas Corp (ASX:LYC), disclosed he had sold 7 million of his shares in the company. The news incensed the chat-room crowd and the stock fell by 8.7 per cent on volume double the typical turnover in the stock. Bromby tempered the passions of the momentum crowd, pointing out that, “As [Curtis] said, at 53, you need to diversify your...

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The London REE Report: The Latest Advances in Carbon

An electron has a magnetic field attached - the so-called spin. One can imagine that all electrons carry around a little bar magnet. In flat graphite layers the small bar magnets point in random directions. By bending the atom thin graphite layer into a tube with a diameter of just a few nanometers the individual electrons are forced to move in simple circles around the tube and all the spins align in the direction of the tube....

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Down Under REE Report: Lynas, new HREE concepts - and lithium action

Where to start? Perhaps with a storm in a teacup. There was a bit of a flurry on Wednesday in Australia when Nick Curtis, who heads Lynas Corp (ASX:LYC), disclosed he had sold 7 million of his shares in the company. As he said, at 53, you need to diversify your asset base and he still has a big stake in the company. But it got the chat room crowd excited and the stock fell by 8.7...

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Think Tank Report On U.S. Rare Earth Policy: America Finally Gets Serious?

The American Security Project, a Washington-based bi-partisan think-tank, released a fascinating report on rare earths yesterday. The report (found here) touches on the strategic challenges America faces in terms of rear earths. China controls current supply; America is completely reliant on China for production of some of its most powerful weapons; North American mines alone could supply US rare earth needs. But the report is interesting in that it takes a more hawkish tone toward rare earths,...

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US Senators Propose US Begin Stockpiling Rare Earths

The influential U.S. political website Politico.com posts a letter this morning that will be of interest to anyone watching the rare earth sector. Signed by two Senators (Mark Begich, Lisa Murkowski, both Alaska) and a Congressional Representative (Mike Coffman, Colorado) the letter is addressed to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. It sums up many of the geo-political fears and worries that have settled in around the discussion of rare earths before going on to make some...

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Medallion to shift Eden Lake exploration focus to Rare-Earth Bearing Carbonatite

IBC Advanced Alloys Completes Initial Beryllium Oxide Nuclear Fuel Research

Cache Exploration Granted Six Prospecting Permits In Nunavut

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Hudson Commences Metallurgical Testwork on the Sarfartoq Rare Earth Project in Greenland

Ucore Comments on Letter of Requisition to US Department of Defense

Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. Announces Financing

Monday, January 31, 2011

Cache Exploration Completes Phase 1 Welsford Drilling

Great Western Minerals Group Signs Letter of Intent to Supply Rare Earth Alloys to U.S. Based Electron Energy Corporation

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dacha Announces Equity Offering for Proceeds of Up to $100 Million to Invest in Physical Rare Earth Elements

Avalon Reports Increase in Indicated Resources in the Nechalacho Rare Earth Elements Deposit, NWT

IBC Advanced Alloys Vice President Of Nuclear Fuel Jim Malone Appointed Chairman Of Hathor Exploration

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Michigan Congressman Peters Tours Great Western Technologies Inc. Plant in Troy, Michigan

Medallion Appoints New President and Chairman

Monday, January 24, 2011

Molycorp Announces Approval of Phase 2 Expansion at Mountain Pass, a Proposed Mandatory Convertible Preferred Offering by the Company and Proposed Secondary Offering of Common Stock

Great Western Minerals Group Acquires 70.2% of Rareco Shares to Date

Pele Mountain Announces Major Increase in Indicated Resources at its Eco Ridge Mine Uranium & Rare Earth Elements Project

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cache Stakes Claims Contiguous to Ucore Rare Metals Claims

Avalon Rare Metals Inc. (TSE:AVL) Presenting At Vancouver Critical Metals Investment Symposium And Resource Investment Conference

Rare Earth Metals to begin drilling at Clay-Howells

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quest Rare Minerals Presenting at the Critical Metals Investment Symposium and the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference

Alkane Resources: Quarterly Report To 31 December 2010 Key Highlights

Tasman Begins Phase 3 Drill Program At Norra Karr Ree Project, Sweden


Monday, February 07, 2011

Many Want Rare Earths, but Few Are Mining Them

US says dependence on China for rare earth is economic, national security risk

China, biggest produce of rare earths, expects to import more

Friday, February 04, 2011

EU, US, Japan should cooperate on rare earth supply

Brazil sees opportunity in Chinese rare earth export limits

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Europe needs to refocus on raw materials: EU

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Sale hits Lynas shares

Endangered Elements Pose Threat To Green Energy

Rare Earth Element Mining Roundup

Monday, January 31, 2011

Japan rare earths imports from China jump in December

Germany, Kazakhstan Forging Rare-Earth Pact, Handelsblatt Says

Thursday, January 27, 2011

EU watching rare earths closely

Europe wrong-footed on China rare earths response

South Korea to more than triple mineral investments

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rare earth miners seek national strategy for China

Worse rare earth shortages 'yet to come'

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

EU considers tough stance on raw materials

China to Start Stockpiling Rare Earths, Caijing Says

Monday, January 24, 2011

Molycorp sets additional share offering, expansion

Friday, January 21, 2011

China Seizes Rare Earth Mine Areas

China 2010 Rare Earth Exports Drop 9.3%, Customs Says

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