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(Yahoo)   High tech industry is facing a critical shortage of vital rare earth elements critical to almost all their devices. Gee if only they'd had some warning that RARE EARTHS were in limited supply   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 189
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2010-02-16 09:36:16 AM
andrewhemphill.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-02-16 10:32:29 AM
well we would have built all these green energy plants and hybrid cars but we used all the stuff on big screen tvs.

peak europium!!
 
Cog
2010-02-16 10:37:20 AM
Thier?
 
2010-02-16 10:47:01 AM
Cant they just go to the AH and buy some more mats?
 
2010-02-16 11:11:03 AM
Yet the world's production of rare minerals relies mainly upon China, and the Chinese government warned last year that its own rising demand will soon force it to stop exporting the precious elements.

Thus began the Cell Phone War, brought to you by Verizon.
 
2010-02-16 11:21:00 AM
Going back to landlines unless you're very wealthy? I'm ok with this.

No, I'm not available 24/7. Yes, I turn off my cell for days at a time.
 
2010-02-16 11:40:34 AM
I guess we should Get Ready for the shortage.
 
2010-02-16 12:26:27 PM
This is nothing to celebrate.
 
2010-02-16 12:41:04 PM
Wait wiat wait wiaaat. Getting a new cellphone every year is a bad idea? Preposterous.
 
2010-02-16 12:41:52 PM
If we want it, we'll probably have to get it from space. Or we could troll the oceans with molecular sieves. Either way, it's gonna cost, until we get the tech right.

Sucks, but there you go.
 
2010-02-16 12:43:18 PM
Unobtainium?
 
2010-02-16 12:43:52 PM
i248.photobucket.com
 
2010-02-16 12:44:05 PM
Peak Elerium! No plasma rifles for you -- you'll use laser rifles and you'll like it!
 
2010-02-16 12:44:20 PM
Check the discount bin at the record store.
 
2010-02-16 12:44:26 PM
FTFA:
but even the few U.S. companies that mine rare earth elements must send the resources to China for processing.

*Puts business plan together*
 
2010-02-16 12:44:58 PM
Looks like it's time to go back to my very lucrative side business of mugging people for their electronics at night.
 
2010-02-16 12:45:23 PM
Chinese farmers are always stealing all of the rare earth nodes.
 
2010-02-16 12:45:25 PM
Are those the rare earths that are only found in China? Whoops.
 
2010-02-16 12:45:26 PM
Wrong_Intentions: Unobtainium?

damn... too slow!
 
2010-02-16 12:45:32 PM
theorellior: If we want it, we'll probably have to get it from space. Or we could troll the oceans with molecular sieves. Either way, it's gonna cost, until we get the tech right.

Sucks, but there you go.


Good thing we have fark, we have a workforce waiting for that industry
 
2010-02-16 12:45:34 PM
jesdynf: Peak Elerium! No plasma rifles for you -- you'll use laser rifles and you'll like it!

Wow I haven't played that in a while.
 
2010-02-16 12:46:06 PM
tralfaz-archives.com

/hot
 
2010-02-16 12:46:17 PM
I wonder how used devices compare to an ore?

Srsly, make it so you can recycle broken electronic crap as easily as an aluminum can and pull the rare elements out.

Or work on technology that doesn't use them.
 
2010-02-16 12:46:29 PM
Don't all modern browsers have spell check? I feel so embarrassed for the submitter when I see something that simple misspelled.
 
2010-02-16 12:47:09 PM
PhiloeBedoe: This is nothing to celebrate.

You sound addicted to innovation and technological progress.
FTW!
 
2010-02-16 12:47:12 PM
Wrong_Intentions: Unobtainium?

Nofarkingwayinum
 
2010-02-16 12:47:47 PM
Hobodeluxe: well we would have built all these green energy plants and hybrid cars but we used all the stuff on big screen tvs.

peak europium!!


The TVs keep people in their houses, so they aren't out driving around aimlessly (or to wal mart for the 4th time today). They're probably a net win.
 
2010-02-16 12:48:06 PM
Solution: Start mining the frigging asteroids in our solar system.
 
2010-02-16 12:48:32 PM
Rare earth's are not rare It's just a historical name.
 
2010-02-16 12:49:14 PM
Rare earth elements, contrary to what you might believe from the name, are not particularly rare.

Yet another joke ruined by the facts.
 
2010-02-16 12:49:55 PM
I'll believe it when they start paying you to drop old cellphones off at recycling facilities.
 
2010-02-16 12:49:56 PM
Sweet does this mean that tech will stop stepping all over itself in the race to upgrade everything once a year?

Im actually ok with this. It would be nice to actually be able to keep parts for more then two years without turning into a hoarder.

I try to use parts until they are physically worn out or have no actual use.

/donated close to 400lbs of electronics to a recycler last year.
//firewall is a Dual P3 and the picture frame is a P3 500 laptop.
 
2010-02-16 12:50:19 PM

"Neodymium: This represents a main component of the permanent magnets at the heart of the most efficient wind turbines."


Rare Earth magnets kick ass. I took one out of a dead hard drive and that magnet is tough to pull off a refrigerator. I bought a whole bunch of these magnets from an online store, and even some of the smaller magnets (1/4 of an inch square) have such pull you can't easily separate them from each other by hand. Too bad they are also very brittle.

 
2010-02-16 12:50:30 PM
Well it was fun while it lasted.

/this will get interesting i'm sure
 
2010-02-16 12:50:37 PM
Scrumtrulecent: Wrong_Intentions: Unobtainium?

damn... too slow!


If it helps, I think yours shows a bit more effort.

/ I can't
 
2010-02-16 12:51:09 PM
irwhiteboi: Solution: Start mining the frigging asteroids in our solar system.

Somehow adding massive amounts of mass to the earth doesn't seem like a good idea.

/lets see if I get anyone with that
 
2010-02-16 12:51:19 PM
Wrong_Intentions

Yes, you rang?
 
2010-02-16 12:51:59 PM
irwhiteboi: Solution: Start mining the frigging asteroids in our solar system.


Actually not a bad idea.
 
2010-02-16 12:52:41 PM
On another note, this is mainly about China locking down exports of Rare Earth minerals. The USA had it's own mines for a long time but shut them down in favor of cheaper Chinese mines.

This is a win-win for the USA since they exploited China's cheap resources and left themselves with large deposits of the material ready for mining when prices would rise.
 
2010-02-16 12:53:13 PM
What about recycling?

Mr. Burns: Re...cy....cling?
 
2010-02-16 12:53:24 PM
PhiloeBedoe: This is nothing to celebrate.

I guess that's what you get for putting your faith in the people, the people let you down.
 
2010-02-16 12:54:39 PM
On a serious note, do a search for "Coltan rock," which appears to be the reason for a war and environmental destruction in the Congo Zaire Congo
 
2010-02-16 12:55:31 PM
jesdynf: Peak Elerium! No plasma rifles for you -- you'll use laser rifles and you'll like it!

Thats all well and good for the little dudes, but your fancy lasers aint gonna take out that first plasma hover tank that shows up!
 
2010-02-16 12:57:17 PM
And here I was expecting the article to report on some sort of fallout over the whole Magnequench thing.
 
2010-02-16 12:57:22 PM
tasthesose2: Thats all well and good for the little dudes, but your fancy lasers aint gonna take out that first plasma hover tank that shows up!

Not to mention the goddamned mutoids that seem to eat photons for breakfast. We're going to have to deploy full squads of troops with rocket launchers. Think of the friendly-fire incidents!
 
2010-02-16 12:57:26 PM
mortimer_ford: Wrong_Intentions: Unobtainium?

Nofarkingwayinum


no Blue catgirl kitty for you
 
2010-02-16 12:57:54 PM
luckily, the rare earths are heavily concentrated in politically unstable places that may require freedom operations.
 
2010-02-16 12:59:16 PM
proteus_b: luckily, the rare earths are heavily concentrated in politically unstable places that may require freedom operations.

Beat me to it.
 
2010-02-16 01:01:31 PM
Asteroid mining is starting to look pretty good now.

Weren't we supposed to be doing stuff like that back in 2001? What the hell, future?
 
2010-02-16 01:01:58 PM
HypnozombieX: Well it was fun while it lasted.

/this will get interesting i'm sure


Already has. You know those nasty wars in the COngo that have claimed a few million lives but nobody seems to care much about? You ever wonder what keeps the warlords well stocked with bullets and RPGs and the like?

Blood Diamonds? pfft. a drop in the bucket. The Coltan mines, from which we get the tantalum that makes nearly all high-tech capacitors are where the real money comes from, and any warlord worth his salt has an army of slave laborers cranking the stuff out by the ton for export to Japan and elsewhere
 
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