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  • Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials. (06/09/14)

  • Do grown-up scientists outgrow Legos?

    It's not a scientific mystery Ames Laboratory is currently researching; but we recently caught up with Alex King, director of the Critical Materials Institute at the Ames Laboratory for a little show and tell. (06/04/14)

  • A delegation from Ames Laboratory and the Critical Materials Institute traveled to Japan May 19-20 for the first meeting on rare metals under a bilateral agreement with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology R&D organization. (05/22/14)

  • Diamonds have the reputation as flawless, sparkling gems. In scientific applications, their hardness is used to test the highest pressure levels. But researchers at the Ames Laboratory plan to exploit defects in diamond's crystal structure, known as nitrogen vacancy centers, to build a device that will give them the ability to visualize magnetic fields produced by magnetic nanostructures. (05/07/14)

  • Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center is THE source for the highest purity rare earth samples on the face of the Earth. Check out this graphic to find out which rare earths are the most popular menu items at the MPC. (04/01/14)