After deadly tornadoes devastate American South, Northeast braces for …
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A couple walks amongst the remains of burned houses in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Borough of Queens on December 25, 2012 in New York City.(AFP Photo / Andrew Burton)

A deadly winter storm has dumped snow in the American South, sent 34 tornadoes across several states, left hundreds of thousands without electricity and killed at least six people.

­A day after Christmas, travelers were left stranded at airports due to canceled flights as the winter weather continued to make its way north. The storm left behind it a mess of destruction. Buildings in Louisiana and Alabama were destroyed by tornadoes, sheets of ice made the roads in Illinois slippery, and Indiana had so much snow that officials told residents to stay at home. More than 189,000 customers were left in the dark in Arkansas after the storm knocked out the utility company Entergy Arkansas.

A Mobile firefighter checks a house amid debris after a Christmas Day tornado in Mobile, Alabama December 25, 2012.(Reuters / Marvin Gentry)

The town of Mobile, Ala. was severely damaged by tornadoes. Destroying schools, a church, and causing car wrecks, the tornadoes ripped through the town and terrified its residents.

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[Industry News] Shedding Light on Rare Earth Elements
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A global shortage is affecting several industries, including ours, as rare earth elements are used in the manufacture of insect light traps. What are the causes and effects?

While it’s unlikely that many have contemplated the periodic table of elements since high school chemistry class, a short supply of one group of elements has created an unprecedented inflationary environment in a range of industries from lighting and electronics to renewable-energy and defense. And it’s beginning to have an impact on secondary markets, like the pest management industry.

Rare earth elements, or rare earth metals, are a group of 17 elements with unique properties that make them virtually indispensable in the production of a wide range of goods, including television and smartphone screens, wind turbines, lasers and hybrid cars. Five rare earths, yttrium (Y), europium (Eu), terbium (Tb), lanthanum (La) and cerium (Ce), are essential components of fluorescent lighting products, including bulbs used in the manufacture of insect light traps (ILTs). The rising price of these raw materials has led to a significant increase in the manufacturing cost of ILTs — costs that are now starting to be passed on to the pest management industry.

What is at issue?
Despite the name, many “rare earth elements” are not exa…………… continues on PCT Magazine

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