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New battery promises to outdo and out-green lithium batteries

Researchers have developed a new rechargeable battery that they say will be lighter, smaller, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The new battery uses low-cost and plentiful aluminum instead of lithium metal for its electrode material.
New battery promises to outdo and out-green lithium batteries

An unexpectedly happy—or at least nuanced—tale of invasion

Within a few years of their escape in the early 1990s from farms off the coast of Germany, Pacific oysters established feral populations along the North Sea’s eastern shores. The oysters were invasive, spreading without restriction, and smothered native mussels, which are an important bottom-of-the-food-chain food source for the region’s seabirds. Ecological catastrophe appeared imminent. Yet that’s not what happened.
An unexpectedly happy—or at least nuanced—tale of invasion

The new canary in the coal mine: dolphins

On the southeastern coast of the United States, the new canary in the coal mine may be dolphins. A long-term study of two populations found extraordinarily high levels of disease, which is likely related to high levels of pesticides and other pollutants in their bodies — a sign of ecosystem-wide problems, and also a warning that people in the region may also be at risk.
The new canary in the coal mine: dolphins

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