A new extrusion process developed by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) should make magnesium more practical for automotive structural components. Essentially, instead of heating the magnesium billets with giant heaters, the metal is heated by friction during the extrusion process. Learn more.

In addition to the automotive applications, manganese may be the next-great thing for medical implants. A new heat treatment improves the strength of the material and slows the degradation rate in the body. For many applications, manganese may be a good substitution for titanium. Read about this research.