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If China wants to cut off (legal) rare earth exports, why not just create them? A Japanese...

If China wants to cut off (legal) rare earth exports, why not just create them? A Japanese scientist announces that he and his team have artificially produced palladium. The process is not yet commercially viable, so it's best not to call off the search for other sources of the metal.
Comments (8)
  • If they can create palladium then they should have no problem creating gold, oil, uranium, you-name-it.


    This kind of alchemy has been around for centuries and has always been a hoax.
    4 Jan 2011, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • Don't bet on it, alchemy was based on magic.
    4 Jan 2011, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • When the Japanese cut off the supply of rubber in the 40's, we invented synthetic rubber. You're not trying to create palladium; you're trying to create a substitute that will do what we use palladium for.
    4 Jan 2011, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • well yeah, scientist clone sheeps, dog, vege... No big deal they can clone all minerals. Cost is a factor. You still have to find other raw materials to manipulate it.
    It is the scarcity that make certain things more valuable than others.
    Look at our US$ Ben is creating more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so does it make us richer. Nope!
    4 Jan 2011, 06:02 PM Reply Like
  • don't forget that one of the many reasons that we entered the Vietnam war was because the Vietnamese were threatening the French-owned rubber plantations.
    6 Jan 2011, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • If I have a particle accelerator, I can create a lot of things.
    4 Jan 2011, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • Why do you think artificial vanilla was invented? Suppliers put the squeeze on.
    4 Jan 2011, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • My favorite is High Fructose Corn Syrup. If the US would stop limiting supplies here of sugar, we won't need to drink that crap or pay more for Mexican Coke.
    4 Jan 2011, 05:01 PM Reply Like
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