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Content posted in March 2012
US Faces Off With China Over Rare Earths
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3/28/2012  66 comments
The US, the European Union (EU), and Japan have filed a World Trade Organization action against China for restricting the trade of rare earth minerals.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Relies on Carbon Composites
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3/27/2012  18 comments
The first commercial spacecraft, which will begin powered flights this year, reportedly has an all-carbon composite structure.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
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3/23/2012  17 comments
Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
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3/16/2012  14 comments
A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Tiny Robots Fly in Swarms
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3/2/2012  26 comments
Hand-sized quadrotor robot swarms can fly in formation, collectively navigate obstacles, and build structures.




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