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  • Rare-earth reality check

    Rare-earth reality check

    Suddenly, everyone is eyeing the West's rare-earth deposits, but mining and processing the metals will not be easy.

  • How to be #1 in the world and still be a loser

    Giles Slade’s new book, Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America, is a fascinating intellectual history of how marketers demolished the American tradition of thrift.

  • The Gear Biz

    The West might still be the nation’s outdoor playground, but the Western companies that make outdoor recreation gear are finding greener pastures overseas

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