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Platinum in Fuel Cells Gets a Helping Hand

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Science  12 Jan 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5809, pp. 172
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5809.172

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The fuel cells that power electric cars with hydrogen are expensive because their key ingredient is platinum, and their performance degrades too quickly for practical use. But advances by two U.S.-led groups, one reported online this week in Science ( and the other on page 220 of this issue, offer new hope for tackling these problems. (Read more.)