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Eavesdropping on Lithium Ions


July 8, 2013

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It's a jungle down there at batteries' atomic level, with ions whacking into electrodes, eventually causing the battery to fail. Now, a Michigan Technological University scientist has developed a device that lets researchers spy on the actions of lithium ions inside a nanobattery--and use that data to develop better, longer-lasting batteries to power everything from electric cars to cellphones. Full Story

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