Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

How to really piss off the Chinese

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/12/japan-rare-earths-huge-deposit-of-metals-found-in-pacific.html
Permalink NewsBot 
April 12th, 2018 1:51pm
More jobs for Japanese engineers and Japanese robots! How much will it cost to haul those materials up?
Permalink DrNo 
April 12th, 2018 1:53pm
That is fantastic news for them, I am very happy for them.

Japan has long been constrained by the fact they are a tiny nation with very limited natural resources.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 1:54pm
> 780 years' worth of yttrium supply

Fantastic, very useful for semiconductors.

> 620 years of europium

Extremely important element if making red phosphorus

> 420 years of terbium

Um.

> 730 years of dysprosium

The what now?
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 1:56pm
But I've just spent millions securing the rare earth resources in Africa!
Permalink Xi Jinping 
April 12th, 2018 1:56pm
s/semiconductors/superconductors/
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 1:56pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysprosium
Permalink WikiBot 
April 12th, 2018 1:58pm
> I've just spent millions securing the rare earth resources in Africa

Fake post.

Africa isn't about rare earth, it's about gold and oil.



Also, Japan didn't find ANY neodymium. China's got that shit locked down.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 1:58pm
> Dyoprosium's high thermal neutron absorption cross-section is immensely useful in the making of control rods in nuclear reactors.

Shit, I knew I should have bought that $5 bargain book on The Elements I saw at Barnes & Nobles.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 2:00pm
"Dysprosium is used in dosimeters for measuring ionizing radiation".

That'll be handy.
Permalink Masao Yoshida 
April 12th, 2018 2:00pm
> Dysprosium is never found in nature as a free element

Good to know.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 2:01pm
Those elements in the PTOTE bathtub can surprise you, I'll tell you that.
Permalink Reality Check 
April 12th, 2018 2:01pm
>Dysprosium is never found in nature as a free element

Not many elements are.
Permalink Anabela Huang 
April 12th, 2018 3:12pm
>Japan didn't find ANY neodymium

Dyprosium can be used as a substitute.
Permalink Marius Moga 
April 12th, 2018 3:26pm
Only to a small percentage
Permalink Algernon Montgomery 
April 12th, 2018 4:26pm
They have to dredge the seabed for these. Sounds awful from an environmental perspective.
Permalink IT guy 
April 13th, 2018 4:05pm
What’s so bad about dredging? They’re REMOVING toxic elements.
Permalink Ubfyedd 
April 13th, 2018 5:14pm

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