The future of rare earth recycling – Companies are scrambling to find ways to reuse costly rare earth elements
Scienceline, March 2014
What do a smartphone, a hybrid car and a Tomahawk cruise missile have in common? They won’t work without obscure rare earth elements. Scarce materials like europium, neodymium and others are now so in demand that companies and governments are urgently considering unlikely places to mine them, including deep under the sea and, someday, even asteroids.