Rare earths: the US fights back

Rare earths: the US fights back

THE United States is at a crossroads over the production and use of rare earth elements (REE). The 17 minerals, essential for products and processes from cruise missiles to smartphones, are widely used in the US defence industry, but this represents only a fraction of...
Russia’s street protests melt away

Russia’s street protests melt away

THE winter of 2011/12 will long be remembered as the time when Russian society was mobilised in earnest, demanding regime change and showing little fear of repression. For some time, it looked as though Russia was heading for serious change. But a year later the...