Search for an article discussing unusual materials that might be used to make batteries. Explain how the material could be beneficial in a battery. Possible student response: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/idea-new-battery-material-isn’t-nuts. In 2015, an article discussed the use of packing material peanuts to enhance the charging and discharging performance of a lithium-ion battery. Carbon-containing packing peanuts were baked and compressed into microsheets, which were then placed into the battery’s anode.