Discovery could smash China’s rare-earths stranglehold

A “semi-infinite” supply of rare earths, vital elements for the global production of batteries, hard disc drives, portable electronics, microphones and many others, has been found in a deep-sea ore deposit about 1,850 kilometers southeast of Tokyo, beneath the waves of the vast northwestern Pacific Ocean, The Wall Street Journal reported this month. Researchers from Tokyo-based Waseda University have surveyed the roughly 2,500-square-kilometer region of […]