MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants

Serendipity has long been a staple of scientific study, and a new discovery by MIT is no exception. Researchers at the school were trying to build better batteries, but instead found a better way to smelt metal. The study resulted in a brand new, far less polluting way to make antimony, which itself isn’t very applicable in a broader manufacturing context, but the method could be applied to copper and nickel, which are common ingredients in everyday electronics.

MIT says that the new smelting method “virtually eliminate[s]” the greenhouse gas emissions that come along with traditional means of producing metals. Those emissions are consistently a source of concern from watchdog agencies like Greenpeace who keep track of the environmental record of electronics…

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