Books et al.Materials Science

Precious metals

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Science  13 Mar 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6227, pp. 1209
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa4546

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Modern technology is highly dependent on a complex array of materials that have increasingly become more distant from the consumer. Rare earth metals, for example, have become critical to our computers, cars, and myriad other technologies, but questions about whether these elements are renewable, and how best to balance mining and recycling practices remain. Saleem H. Ali considers these and other pressing issues in a review of Rare: The High-Stakes Race to Satify Our Need for the Scarcest Metals on Earth.