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SAT, 3/29
Premiere Screening
The Lanthanide Series
Full Frame Theater, American Tobacco Campus
Reception: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Screening: 7:00pm-9:00pm


The canopy of civilization is burnt out. The sky is as dark as polished whale-bone . . .
-V. Woolf

Water. Carbon. Charcoal. Obsidian. Jet. Polished bone. Ink. Ink mirror, shew-stone, black stone. Unjun, Lamp black, Mandeb, witch’s mirror, devil’s glass, devil’s looking glass, speculum of kennel-coal, smoking mirror, scrying glass, flattering glass, touchstone, Nuremberg mirror, Gray’s mirror, Gray glass, Lorrain glass, Claude glass. Gorilla glass, willow glass.

The Lanthanide Series
15 Elements in the Periodic Table
Often referred to as rare earth elements

“Many of the metals needed to feed the surging global demand for high-tech products, from smart phones to solar panels, cannot be replaced, leaving some markets vulnerable if resources become scarce. ‘We all like our gadgets; we all like our smart phones. But in 20 or 30 years, will we still have access to all the elements necessary to provide the particular functions that make a smart phone so great?’ said Barbara Reck . . . [M]etals with low to very low substitute potential include the rare earth elements dysprosium, used in permanent magnets in computers and wind turbines, europium and yttrium, used in flat panel displays, and thulium and ytterbium, used in laser technologies.”

(from Yale News, December 2, 2013)

“The Mountain Pass mine was at one time the world’s dominant rare-earth supplier. But mining was suspended in 2002 amid environmental complaints, including that its wastewater had damaged the desert’s delicate ecosystem. In the years that followed, China achieved world dominance in the production of rare-earth metals, in part by shunning costly environmental controls. Now, the new investors that own Molycorp are eager to prove that producing rare earths can be both clean and economical. They say they will invest $531 million to modernize the mine’s facilities, spending about a third of the total on a system designed to recycle nearly all wastewater.”

(from Wall Street Journal, December 20, 2010)

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