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Pentagon Researching Microbe Mining Of Rare Earth Minerals To Cut Reliance On China

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a project to research the extraction of rare earth minerals for military technologies using microscopic bugs in an effort to reduce reliance on China.

The technology to mine rare earth minerals using microbes doesn’t exist yet, and DARPA is researching if doing so is worth it on an industrial scale. "From a DARPA perspective, we’re looking at: what are some of the barriers for the US to maintain dominance in rare earth processing," Stefanie Tompkins, the director of DARPA, told Defense News.

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