Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up
Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~9 min
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A new study overturns a 130-year-old assumption about the chemistry of seawater. The main finding? It's not stay the same across the whole ocean.
Sept. 4, 2020 • ~6 min
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Researchers have identified a potential new degradation mechanism for electric vehicle batteries – a key step to designing effective methods to improve battery
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~4 min
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EVs will have lower sticker prices than gas vehicles when batteries are cheaper. Getting there comes down to knowing where to cut costs.
July 27, 2020 • ~8 min
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A new lithium-ion battery for electric cars offers both safety and high performance—and can last for 1 million miles.
March 5, 2020 • ~3 min
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The first successful laser cooling of radium ions could open up new paths of discovery in physics, some of which may violate traditional rules.
July 18, 2019 • ~8 min
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MIT researchers demonstrate a method to make a smaller, safer, and faster lithium-rich ceramic electrolyte.
July 11, 2019 • ~14 min
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Reinventing how these batteries are made also improves their performance and recyclability.
June 23, 2015 • ~8 min
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