Did you ever wonder how your iPhone screen got its color? It's from rare-earth minerals. CNET's Jay Greene takes you on a tour of a rare-earth mineral mine in California, where you'll see firsthand how rocks become the pixie dust that powers your iPhone.
Molycorp said Mark Smith's departure from the company, which mines minerals that are crucial ingredients for mobile phones, was unrelated to a regulatory investigation into the company's public disclosures.
How are these unusual minerals extracted from the ground and why is that process an environmental risk? CNET's Jay Greene explains.
Molycorp, which plans to officially reopen its rare-earth mine in California this week, buys a company which can manufacture neodymium-based alloys for permanent magnets from the minerals it mines.
Molycorp Minerals seeks to reopen a California mine to extract rare earth elements, a group of metals used for magnets and batteries in hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, and other green technologies.
The Energy Department issues a report that outlines the risks from being overdependent on China for minerals considered crucial for high-tech products and clean-energy technologies.
CNET's Jen Haley talks to senior writer Jay Greene at the site of a rare-earth elements mine about how minerals become essential components in iPhones.