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MIT researchers have figured out a way to make a better battery for hybrid cars. They're using lithium nickel manganese oxide instead of the nickel metal hydride that s used in batteries powering today's hybrid vehicles. These new batteries can charge up ten times faster than current batteries, which means they can be ready to go in just ten minutes. There will be other applications for these new power sources, too, including tools, electric bicycles and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Battery technology seems to have been sitting still for so long, it's about time.

MIT Builds A Better Hybrid Car Battery [PersonalTech Pipeline]