As you may know, Tech Out is affiliated with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The Sun of San Bernardino. The writers who contribute to this blog usually post about games, movies and other topics related to consumer electronics and entertainment. Those topics will continue to be Tech Out’s focus, but I would also like to use this space to spotlight some of the technology and science coverage at the Daily Bulletin and Sun, as well as our sister papers within the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.
Today’s issue of the Daily Bulletin includes business editor Rebecca Cho’s article on Molycorp’s tentative deal with Tokyo-based Hitachi Metals to produce neodymium magnets. Molycorp is based in Colorado, but its mine in Mountain Pass, Calif. is the only place in the United States for the mining of rare earth metals.
Rare earth metals are used in the manufacture of products ranging from hybrid cars to cruise missiles.