iCandy: Bridges, Beams, and Bots in Bands

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

iCandy: Bridges, Beams, and Bots in Bands
Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Photo: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Chile, which has been called the Saudi Arabia of lithium, is the world’s leading producer of the lightest metal on the periodic table. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Salar de Atacama salt flat contains 29 percent of the world’s reserve of the metal. Pictured are giant brine pools and processing areas at the Soquimich lithium mine there. Lithium’s value has exploded as its use in batteries that power electronics and now electric vehicles has caused demand to skyrocket.

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