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Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business. Jon Seb Barber/Wikimedia Commons

The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

The advent of battery storage heralds an even deeper embrace of electric cars and renewable energy. But amid the green tech revolution, we should be wary of creating new pollution problems.
Hajigak, one of the main routes from Kabul to Bamiyan in central Afghanistan, may contain one of the largest deposits of iron ore in the world. Hadi Zaher/Flickr via CC BY-NC-ND

Copper and lithium may be the keys to Afghanistan’s economic future

On October 27, the last international troops closed their military camp in Southern Helmand Province and left Afghanistan, officially ending their combat role after 13 years of fighting. By the end of…
The stories behind Australia’s medical successes have often gone unreported. Flickr: jpalinsad360

Five Australian medical stories everyone should know

The history of Australian medical research is an unabashed good news story: it’s led to many astounding yet common medical treatments and to better understanding of disease. In fact, as a society we benefit…

Long-lasting lithium-ion batteries.

Extending the life of lithium-ion batteries tenfold may now be possible thanks to researchers at Northwestern University…

Lithium the key to quicker fusion

Experimental fusion can be made more efficient by coating reactor walls with lithium, scientist have found. The lithium coating…

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