Scientists from the University of Maryland have found a potentially positive use for the often-shunned tobacco.

Scientists from the University of Maryland have found that the tobacco mosaic virus can potentially increase the storage capacity of batteries. The virus is known for being capable of destroying over a hundred different species of plants, but can make lithium batteries last ten times as long upon incorporation. This introduces a positive contribution for tobacco growers and users all over the world. Fast Company reports:

The idea is that TMV nanorods are bound to the electrodes in a lithium cell–without the need for any bonding agent–and automagically increase the surface area of the electrode.

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