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Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism


February 4, 2016

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The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new NSF-funded research. It is an early signal that the growing use of the new nanoscale materials used in the rechargeable batteries may have untold environmental consequences.Full Story

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