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Junkyard gold: Mitsubishi Materials scours globe using big data

Online platform links metal maker directly to suppliers of e-waste

Circuit boards used in computers, smartphones and other electronics contain many valuable metals. (Photo courtesy of the U.K. Ministry of Defence)

TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Materials has built an online platform to buy up scrap circuit boards from suppliers across the world and collect content data as it seeks to turn electronic waste into a stable source of gold, copper and other metals.

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