Researchers have created a new kind of battery that is powered on portabella mushrooms. Not only is it remarkable in its strange ingenuity — these mushroom batteries might actually outlast traditional batteries. Maybe this is the real reason mushrooms gave Mario that much needed boost!
via Science Alert:
Researchers in the US have created a new type of lithium-ion battery that uses portabella mushrooms – yes, you read that right – instead of the graphite that currently forms the batteries inside our mobile phones. And while it sounds like the type of idea you might hear at a high school science fair, evidence suggests that these new batteries might actually last longer than traditional batteries, and could give our phones better battery life as they age.
And that’s not all – the mushroom batteries are also incredibly cheap, easy to make, and, best of all, they’re pretty much biodegradable. Which will make a big difference to the environment as our demand for batteries skyrockets with the 6 million electric vehicles predicted to be built by 2020.