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  • 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.


  • 04/04/2016

    Ames Laboratory scientists Emily Smith and Young-Jin Lee have earned honors from Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Smith was named the inaugural recipient of the LAS Dean's Emerging Faculty Leader Award and Lee was given the 2016 Trapp Innovation Award which provides funding to a faculty member who is pursuing new or unusual research in chemistry or the physical sciences.

  • 03/22/2016

    Critical Materials Institute Director Alex King was a recent guest on Science Update, a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Produced by AAAS, the world’s largest general science society, Science Update has reported on thousands of scientific and medical breakthroughs. King is interviewed by Science Update host Bob Hirshon about critical materials and efforts to ensure ongoing access to them.

    To listen to a podcast of the interview, click HERE.

  • 03/15/2016

    Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter Vanessa Miller wrote a story on Ames Laboratory's selection to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Materials Network initiative. Ames Laboratory will be focused on developing new materials for Caloric Cooling and Miller interviewed Ames Laboratory researcher Vitalij Pecharsky about the project.


  • 03/08/2016

    Ames Tribune reporter Julie Erickson writes about a new consortium may soon help bring an improved refrigerator into your home, saving you significant amounts on your cooling bills.