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Quantum computers using germanium transistors

The quantum realm of Alaska germanium

While Alaska is regarded as a geological storehouse of minerals critical to the United States, it is less renowned as a current globally significant supplier of germanium, a zinc... — Updated 11/19/2020 Full story

 
Tin solder soldering iron computer circuit board

Tin is the glue for the tech revolution

Cans, cups, roofs, and foil hats are likely the first things that come to mind when thinking about tin – none of which conjure images of a metal that should be considered critical to a... — Updated 11/12/2020 Full story

 
Gallium is a technology metal used in smartphones computers tablets

A little gallium makes high-tech techier

A semiconductor that will melt in the palm of your hand and has the ability to convert electricity directly into laser light, gallium is a cool critical metal that is an important... — Updated 11/5/2020 Full story

 
Indium 49 element periodic table technology metal touchscreens smartphones

Seeing through Alaska's indium paradox

While indium is not part of the everyday lexicon, if you are reading this article on your smartphone, computer or tablet there is a very good chance you are looking at (or more accurately... — Updated 10/28/2020 Full story

 
Medical imaging niobium supermagnets

Differing paths for critical twin metals

Niobium and tantalum are nearly identical critical mineral twins with unique personalities that takes them on separate career paths in the defense, energy, high-tech and medical sectors.... — Updated 10/26/2020 Full story

 

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