The strongest permanent magnets today contain a mix of the elements neodymium and iron. However, neodymium on its own does not behave like any known magnet, confounding researchers for more than half a century. Now Radboud University Nijmegen The Netherlands physicists have now shown that neodymium behaves like a so-called ‘self-induced spin glass,’ meaning that […]

The European Union has begun to gather concern about the availability of rare earth elements.  The rare earth elements are important components in green energy products such as wind turbines and efficient automobiles. The demand for metals such as neodymium (Nd) and dysprosium (Dy) is increasing much faster than production. These metals are used in […]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.  The initial results show the recycled material maintains the properties that made rare-earth magnets useful in the first use. The potential is important because rare earth prices […]

Nebraska is one of those places the coastees like to dis as nowhere.  Nebraska is a big mostly flat state that if driving across is best done at night.  It’s as dull a drive as can be imagined on I-80.  Not many folks there, for all the noise over the Cornhusker Kickback, it wouldn’t have […]

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