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  • 06/10/2016

    MIT Technology Review writer Konstantin Kakaes discusses what it would take to build an All-American iPhone, an impossibility given "the inescapable realities of the global economy." Kakaes interviewed Critical Materials Institute Alex King about the various components and elements that go into an iPhone and their availability in the U.S.


  • 05/09/2016

    Ames Tribune staff writer Austin Harrington sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Friday to talk about energy in Iowa and the role of Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University in helping addresses energy needs in both the state and the nation. Moniz was in Ames on May 6 for the dedication of the new Sensitive Instrument Facility and was also the speaker for Iowa State University's commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7.


  • 05/09/2016

    Des Moines Register business - ag, environment, energy reporter Donnelle Eller wrote a story about Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's appearance Friday morning in Des Moines for  a public forum on energy policies, electric markets and the grid. Moniz talked about ethanol, wind and other aspects of energy policy.


  • 05/06/2016

    Ames Tribune writer Julie Erickson wrote a story about a new heat-free solder being developed by Martin Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Thuo and his team have found a way to "undercool" solder so that it can be applied at room temperature, thanks to a nano-scale oxide coating.

  • 04/06/2016

    Gizmodo editor Maddie Stone writes about the potential for mining rare earths from manganese nodules located on the deep sea floor. In the story, Stone talks with Critical Materials Director Alex King about the need and uses for rare earths.

    The story includes the improbable recruitment of billionaire industrialist and recluse Howard Hughes by the CIA to build a ship to supposedly harvest these nodules. In fact, that was just a cover story to conceal the mission -- recovery of a sunken Soviet nuclear submarine during the Cold War.