Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crisis in Rare Earth Elements

For scarce elements it may also mean to better manage their consumption. Crucial is to reuse and recycle where possible. The use of rare earths in electronic gadgets has risen so much that their concentration in computers is actually higher than that in mines. It pays to recycle. [Emphasis added]

From the editorial in Nature Materials [you'll probably need a subscription to read the article, though].