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Rare Earths Crisis in Retrospect
On April 10, a team of 21 Japanese scientists discovered a 16 million ton patch of mineral-rich deep sea mud near Minami-Tori Island, which lies 790 miles off the coast of Japan. The patch appears to contain a wealth of rare earth elements, including 780 years’ worth of yttrium, 620 years’ worth of europium, 420 years’ worth of terbium and 730 years’ worth of dysprosium. This find, the scientists concluded, “has the potential to supply these materials on a semi-infinite basis to the world.” The happy discovery provides us with an opportunity to revisit the last crisis over the availability of natural resources and recall the ingenuous ways in which humanity tackled that particular problem.
'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and musician Bob Dorough dies at 94
We lost another one RIP Mr. Bob Dorough. The composer of many of the "Schoolhouse Rock" songs died Monday. He joined the Special Services Army Band Unit in 1943, and served there through the duration of World War II, working as an arranger and playing clarinet, saxophone and piano. Some of Mr. Dorough’s most memorable songs from the series include “Conjunction Junction,” “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” and “I’m Just a Bill.”