The Rare Earth Elements Found In Our Pockets
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Ana is a postdoctoral researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, and the University of Lorraine.

                       

The Rare Earth Elements Found In Our Pockets

Just below in the periodic table, there are some elements usually considered as laboratory curiosities. However in this new century, the elements of the first row, the lanthanide group (which encompasses from lanthanum (atomic number= 57) to lutetium (71)), joint with two transition elements (yttrium (39) and scandium (21)) form the Rare Earth Elements (REE) which begin to have a prominent role in our daily lives. If you put your hand into your pocket maybe you can find your smartphone,...

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