“Rare earth” refers to the scarcity of easily-mined ores of the elements. Last month, we discussed a breakthrough in large-scale electrolysis that could make refining these ores and oxides much easier; now, Japan’s announcement of the discovery of a huge deposit of rare-earth minerals could make the market that much more competitive.
Space fishies in a self-cleaning aquatic habitat will show the impact of microgravity over generations.
Need a spacecraft part while in orbit? Made in Space aims to save money by fabricating wrenches and rocket nozzles out of plastic and metal... in space.
Is your cat a Trekkie or a Potterhead, a Whovian or a Brony? Make your--I mean, your pet’s--allegiances known with pet costumes for all fandoms!
Another step on the path to clean energy is made as scientists come ever closer to producing fuels from just sunlight, water, and those pesky greenhouse gases.
The littlest engine that could (sorry, had to) uses just 18 atoms and a very rare microscope.
A newly confirmed star class contains astronomical objects that are barely warm enough to heat up your Ramen.
DIY-plus-pre-fab uses the best of both worlds, as well as some cool tech, to bring architecture to the masses.
Sick of Snooki? Bored of Beiber? Can’t escape Kardashian? The Enough Already can fix that.
Get it? A fabrication-off? Uh, never mind. Ultimaker, a Dutch 3D printer, is now available for preorder in the US.
Adding vertical oscillations to a smartphone touchscreen could simulate depths, ridges, and textures.
These robots are freaking metal. And plastic, too. Here's a quick look at some cool musical robots!
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