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Can the World’s Most Promising Electric-Car Battery Be Saved? | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 17, 2014 |
Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and outside researchers have worked feverishly to optimize the electrode, including an assault on a flaw that gravely undermined its performance.

ISIL Has Added a Lucrative New Business Line in Iraq: Oil Smuggling | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2014 |
ISIL, the business-minded Islamic army threatening Baghdad, has established a new flow of revenue since seizing a large swath of Iraq—an estimated $1 million-a-day oil smuggling business.

Yet Another al Qaeda Offshoot Is Proving Dangerously Effective, This Time in Somalia | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2014 |
Al Shabaab, the brutal Islamic militia, today stormed and captured at least part of the presidential palace in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, according to some reports. The lightning move, taken two days after a deadly attack by the group in Kenya, points to a new surge of Islamic extremism, carried out by a movement that has metastasized and wreaked havoc.

Putin’s Revenge—Anti-Fracking Protests in Europe

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
June 20, 2014 |
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