mining stories

 
Our dependence on foreign oil sucks, but it's nothing to our dependence on foreign rare earth metals, which are things like yttrium and gadolinium that enable us to fulfill our lust for complex technology. China produces some 97% of the world's supply and they've been stingy as of late, but a new seafloor discovery may change all that.
 
Advanced technology can demand some advanced materials, commonly referred to as rare earth elements. The problem is right in the name: they're rare. America may not be in a lurch just yet, but these elements won't last forever. Turns out there's another place to find them: the Moon.