The United States Department of Defense is investigating new ways to uncover and extract rare earth metals. The metals are vital to the electronics industry, and by extension, the U.S. military. In an effort to take the market out of China’s hands and broaden the supply, the military is now openly asking research institutions for help with the problem. As with most government requests, it’s more than likely that this will be followed with promises of money.

[Source: Wired]