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A Battery Which Biodegrades and Disappears After 3 Weeks?

Photo credit: University of Illinois
Finding it difficult to dispose batteries safely? No worries, you may be able to use water to solve this issue in the near future! Researchers from the University of Illinois have recently revealed a newly developed, non-toxic biodegradable battery which can be dissolved in water after three weeks. This battery releases magnesium after it is dissolved in water and scientists claim that there are no negative end impacts. This new invention would primarily be used in biomedical implants which require temporary power, as it can be reabsorbed by the body after use rather than having to surgically remove it. It could even provide alternative solutions for tracking oil spills and water concentration of chemicals.


Date & source: March 26, 2014; Treehugger