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  • Breathing batteries could store 10 times the energy

    05/20/2009 1:20:09 PM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 13 replies · 802+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19 May 2009 | Colin Barras
    The lithium ion batteries used in laptops and cellphones, and tipped for future use in electric cars, are approaching their technological limits. But chemists in the UK say that there's a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier – let the batteries "breathe" oxygen from the air. A standard lithium ion battery contains a negative electrode of graphite, a positive electrode of lithium cobalt oxide, and a lithium salt-containing electrolyte. Lithium ions shuttle between the two electrodes during charging and discharging, sending electrons around the external circuit to power a gadget in the process. The problem with that...
  • More Electric Car Follies

    04/08/2009 4:22:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 54 replies · 2,031+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | April 08, 2009 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    Isaac Martin pointed out in yesterday ’s American Thinker some of the problems with the new technology behind the proposed switch to electric cars -- there are many other issues as well. A few of a multitude of problems are the high cost of the batteries, $25,000.00 for the Tesla’s (6,831 batteries) pack, the pollution problem of replacing and disposing the packs, and the relatively short life span of the batteries. (For example, the life of a lithium ion cell phone battery seems to be about a year and a half. Finding exact information on the actual useful battery life...
  • Lithium batteries charge ahead - Researchers demonstrate cells that can power up in seconds.

    03/11/2009 1:43:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,701+ views
    Nature News ^ | 11 March 2009 | Geoff Brumfiel
    Two researchers have developed battery cells that can charge up in less time than it takes to read the first two sentences of this article. The work could eventually produce ultra-fast power packs for everything from laptop computers to electric vehicles. Byoungwoo Kang and Gerbrand Ceder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have found a way to get a common lithium compound to release and take up lithium ions in a matter of seconds. The compound, which is already used in the electrodes of some commercial lithium-ion batteries, might lead to laptop batteries capable of charging themselves in...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • How lame is lithium ion? Don't get me started

    08/29/2008 4:19:32 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 143+ views
    Cnet ^ | August 22nd | Charles Cooper
    Now a start-up called ZPower says it's come up with a battery technology breakthrough which it claims will result in 40 percent longer laptop life than lithium-ion on a single charge. The company says it has struck a deal with "one of the major" PC makers to use its silver-zinc batteries in a notebook line slated for 2009. The CEO, Ross Dueber, declined to get more specific than that. Commercial lithium-ion batteries have been around since 1991, courtesy of Sony and an upgrade would be very welcome.
  • Former GM CEO Stempel On the Future of Electric Cars

    07/21/2008 9:49:54 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 69 replies · 155+ views
    Wall Street Journal (no subscription) ^ | July 21, 2008 | Joseph B. White
    <p>One of the Big Ideas that's gotten a boost from the recent oil price shock is the notion that the energy for transportation should come from the electric grid, not an oil well in the Middle East.</p> <p>A number of big, established car makers have announced plans to produce cars that will pull from the electric grid all or part of the energy needed to make them go. They join a flock of upstart companies, such as Tesla Motors, trying to prosper by defining a new generation of mobility technology starting with a blank sheet of paper - or rather a blank video display screen.</p>
  • Battery Breakthrough?

    07/19/2008 2:47:21 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 59 replies · 176+ views
    Electrical-energy-storage unit (EESU) utilizing ceramic and integrated-circuit technologies for replacement of electrochemical batteries IS THIS A HOAX? IS THIS FOR REAL?
  • When Lithium-ion Batteries Explode-(Tesla has 6340 per car)

    06/02/2008 7:31:32 PM PDT · by Flavius · 43 replies · 2,807+ views
    dailytech ^ | May 27, 2008 6:47 P | Paul Mah
    Lithium-ion batteries are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to mobile electronics The topic of exploding lithium-ion batteries has been debated to death in the wake of massive battery recalls over the last couple of years. Amidst the deft public relations maneuvering and finger-pointing, however, the question as to why they explode in the first place is still shrouded in mystery for many. The most important thing to understand here is that lithium-ion technology is considerably more volatile compared to other forms of rechargeable battery technologies. Defects in the insulating membrane can result in a mini-explosion that...
  • Common Items, Extraordinary Threat

    04/10/2008 3:16:36 PM PDT · by Alouette · 13 replies · 137+ views
    ABCnews ^ | Apr. 10, 2008 | Pierre Thomas, Jack Date & Theresa Cook
    The Transportation Security Administration says terrorists' latest tactics to bypass airport security include hiding explosive materials in common items such as watches, electric toothbrushes and braces. (ABC)
  • The Lady and the li-ion

    03/21/2008 5:42:35 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 315+ views
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | 03-2008 | Tekla S. Perry
    YOUR WORLD increasingly runs on lithium-ion batteries. Chances are good that your phone, laptop, camera, portable music and video players, radios, and game consoles keep going only as long as there are lithium ions churning around inside them. Lithium-ion batteries are getting into your power tools. Soon they’ll even be in your car. So it’s a shame that after nearly four decades of intensive development, lithium-ion batteries still leave plenty to be desired. They fade fast—although their energy capacity starts out higher than that of any other kind of mass-market battery, it can drop more than 25 ­percent per year...
  • Travelers Advisory: U.S. limits lithium batteries on flights

    12/30/2007 4:14:11 PM PST · by Cagey · 12 replies · 316+ views
    TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) - Flying well-equipped for business and pleasure gets a bit more complicated on Jan. 1, as the U.S. Transportation Department bars travelers from packing loose lithium batteries in checked luggage. The move is designed to help minimize the risk that such batteries could overheat and catch fire on board, the agency's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a statement on Friday. The new rules say travelers can bring a laptop computer, digital camera, cellphone and other equipment on board or in checked luggage if their lithium batteries are installed in the items. And flyers can...
  • Baggage ban on batteries begins (Jan 1)

    12/28/2007 9:44:11 PM PST · by bamahead · 46 replies · 520+ views
    AP/Yahoo! ^ | December 28, 2007 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON - To help reduce the risk of fires, air travelers will no longer be able to pack loose lithium batteries in checked luggage beginning Jan. 1, the Transportation Department said Friday. Passengers can still check baggage with lithium batteries if they are installed in electronic devices, such as cameras, cell phones and laptop computers. If packed in plastic bags, batteries may be in carryon baggage. The limit is two batteries per passenger. The ban affects shipments of non-rechargeable lithium batteries, such as those made by Energizer Holdings Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co.'s Duracell brand. "Doing something as simple...
  • Stanford's nanowire battery holds 10 times the charge of existing ones

    12/19/2007 5:29:22 PM PST · by decimon · 95 replies · 294+ views
    Stanford Report ^ | December 18, 2007 | DAN STOBER
    Stanford researchers have found a way to use silicon nanowires to reinvent the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power laptops, iPods, video cameras, cell phones, and countless other devices. The new version, developed through research led by Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, produces 10 times the amount of electricity of existing lithium-ion, known as Li-ion, batteries. A laptop that now runs on battery for two hours could operate for 20 hours, a boon to ocean-hopping business travelers. "It's not a small improvement," Cui said. "It's a revolutionary development." The breakthrough is described in a paper, "High-performance lithium...
  • Smoking Suitcase Found in Ariz. Airport

    11/13/2007 11:24:51 AM PST · by RDTF · 64 replies · 214+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 13, 2007 | AP
    PHOENIX (AP) - A smoking suitcase was spotted Tuesday in the cargo area at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, airport officials said. The suitcase was in the cargo hold of a US Airways plane headed to San Antonio when it started emitting smoke, said Claire Simeone, an airport spokeswoman. The plane was moved to a less busy area while authorities investigated the suitcase on the tarmac. -snip- The Phoenix Fire Department called in a hazard materials team and the owner of the suitcase is being questioned by police, Rodriguez said.
  • Study suggests electric cars could pay their owners back

    11/11/2007 7:54:54 PM PST · by T Ruth · 75 replies · 187+ views
    Green Mountain College ^ | 2007 | Stephen Diehl
    Poultney, VT - Imagine collecting a paycheck from your utility company each month simply for plugging your electric vehicle into the power grid and making it available to supply or download power. "There's a whole new way to look at energy supply and distribution, and our love affair with cars," said Dr. Steven Letendre, professor of management and environmental studies at Green Mountain College. "In the not-so-distant future, electric cars should be viewed both as environmentally-friendly suppliers of services to the power grid and as sources of income for owners." An article written by Dr. Letendre and Dr. Willett Kempton...
  • Utility Will Use Batteries to Store Wind Power

    09/11/2007 6:00:01 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 28 replies · 442+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/11/2007 | Matthew Wald
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 — American Electric Power, a coal-burning utility company that is looking for ways to connect more wind power to its grid, plans to announce on Tuesday that it will install huge banks of high-technology batteries. The batteries are costly and their use at such a big scale has not been demonstrated, but they may be an essential complement to renewable power, experts say. “We’re looking at what we believe the grid of the future is going to be,” said Carl L. English, president of A.E.P. “We’re going to need a significant amount of storage if for no...
  • Flexible battery is paper-thin

    08/14/2007 11:13:01 AM PDT · by zeugma · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    telegraph ^ | 8/14/2008 | Roger Highfield
    Flexible battery is paper-thin Last Updated: 12:01pm BST 14/08/2007 Paper and nanotechnology combine to create a new kind of battery, reports Roger HighfieldWhat looks to the untrained eye like thick, black paper is a novel flexible battery that could offer new opportunities for tomorrow's gadgets, from self propelling paper planes to smart pockets that can recharge a mobile phone.   The new nanocomposite paper developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Along with its ability to work in temperatures up to 150ºC (300ºF) and down to -70ºC (-100ºF), the battery can be printed like paper, rolled, twisted or folded, and even...
  • Nokia Warns of Faulty Phone Batteries (46 million batteries)

    08/14/2007 10:09:36 AM PDT · by rawhide · 4 replies · 571+ views
    HELSINKI, Finland — Nokia Corp. warned Tuesday that up to 46 million batteries used in some of its cell phones could be faulty and pose a risk of overheating. The advisory applies to batteries manufactured by Matsushita from December 2005 to November 2006, the world's largest mobile phone maker said. Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan is one of several suppliers that have together made some 300 million BL-5C batteries. The lithium-ion battery is one of 14 different types of battery used in Nokia phones. Nokia said 100 incidents of overheating of the Matsushita-made BL-5C batteries have been reported...
  • Yardney Awarded $200K for Li-Ion Batteries for Hybrids

    08/11/2007 11:25:56 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 419+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | 11 August 2007 | Staff
    Yardney Technical Products, the provider of lithium-ion batteries for the two Mars rovers, the Phoenix Mars Lander (launched 4 August 2007) and the future Mars Science Laboratory mission (2009), has received two federal awards totaling $200,000 for developing lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid electric vehicles. The first Phase I award from the Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research program is to support the development of a novel lithium-ion battery with advanced silicon nanoparticle-based anodes. The resulting batteries are to demonstrate improved energy density, long cycle life, high rate capability and low-temperature performance. The second companion Phase I award...
  • Apple reports some notebook battery problems

    04/30/2007 10:31:33 AM PDT · by verum ago · 13 replies · 732+ views
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  • Flexible Batteries That Never Need to Be Recharged. European researchers have built prototypes ...

    04/04/2007 12:37:55 PM PDT · by aculeus · 27 replies · 1,210+ views
    Technology Review - Published by MIT ^ | April 4, 2007 | By Tyler Hamilton
    Mobiles phones, remote controls, and other gadgets are generally convenient--that is, until their batteries go dead. For many consumers, having to routinely recharge or replace batteries remains the weakest link in portable electronics. To solve the problem, a group of European researchers say they've found a way to combine a thin-film organic solar cell with a new type of polymer battery, giving it the capability of recharging itself when exposed to natural or indoor light. It's not only ultraslim, but also flexible enough to integrate with a wide range of low-wattage electronic devices, including flat but bendable objects like a...
  • American accused of trying to buy missile-system batteries for Iran

    01/31/2007 11:16:04 AM PST · by jdm · 47 replies · 1,139+ views
    AP via Ynet ^ | Jan 31, 2007
    A man has been accused of trying to buy batteries that power Hawk surface-to-air missile systems for export to Iran, US Immigration officials said. Robert Caldwell, 56, who owns an export brokerage company, was a middleman in a scheme to smuggle Hawk missile parts to Iran, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents alleged in an affidavit. (AP)
  • Battery Breakthrough?

    01/22/2007 7:39:10 AM PST · by aculeus · 109 replies · 3,257+ views
    Technology Review (MIT) ^ | January 22, 2007 | By Tyler Hamilton
    A Texas company says it can make a new ultracapacitor power system to replace the electrochemical batteries in everything from cars to laptops. A secretive Texas startup developing what some are calling a "game changing" energy-storage technology broke its silence this week. It announced that it has reached two production milestones and is on track to ship systems this year for use in electric vehicles. EEStor's ambitious goal, according to patent documents, is to "replace the electrochemical battery" in almost every application, from hybrid-electric and pure-electric vehicles to laptop computers to utility-scale electricity storage. The company boldly claims that its...
  • Big Three Seek Battery Subsidies

    01/09/2007 3:54:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies · 660+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 9, 2007 | NEAL E. BOUDETTE and JOHN D. STOLL
    DETROIT -- The Big Three auto makers have asked the federal government to spend roughly $500 million over five years to subsidize the development of advanced batteries required to power future vehicles such as the electric prototype generating buzz for General Motors Corp. In a follow-up to a November meeting between President Bush and their chief executives, GM, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group last month submitted a white paper to a White House technology adviser saying the U.S. is trailing Japan in development of batteries for fuel-efficient automobiles and could suffer economically if the government doesn't help...
  • AT&T Investigates DSLAM Explosion

    11/07/2006 9:04:48 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 7 replies · 1,096+ views
    Light Reading ^ | 7-7-06 | Phil Harvey
    AT&T says it is still investigating what caused one of its access equipment cabinets to explode and catch fire in a suburban Houston neighborhood nearly two weeks ago. According to residents in the 8200 block of Clover Gardens Drive, the explosion shook one nearby house, damaged a fence and some siding, and destroyed several thousand dollars worth of telecom gear, including a DSLAM, installed as part of AT&T's Project Lightspeed. "We're looking into all the possibilities for this fire, including a gas leak, electrical issue, or an act of vandalism," says AT&T spokesman Wes Warnock, in an email response to...
  • Sony Troubles Grow With Battery Recalls

    09/30/2006 6:35:10 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 624+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 29 September 2006 | Yuri Kageyama
    TOKYO (AP) -- Sony urged a dozen laptop computer makers Friday to recall more of its batteries that could overheat, the latest headache for the electronics company struggling to regain its luster as the world's premier electronics brand. With two new recalls announced Friday, the number of lithium-ion batteries that are being replaced now stands at about 7 million worldwide, Sony spokesman Takashi Uehara said. He refused to estimate how much it would cost the company.Toshiba Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. were the latest to tell customers to return batteries. A day earlier, IBM Corp. and Lenovo Group announced a recall...
  • Sony to Initiate Global Replacement Program for Notebook Computer Battery Packs

    09/28/2006 8:15:23 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 240+ views
    Sony Press Release ^ | September 29, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan, Sept 28, 2006 - (JCN Newswire) - Sony Corporation will initiate a global replacement program for certain battery packs that utilize Sony-manufactured lithium ion cells used by notebook computer manufacturers in order to address concern related to recent over-heating incidents. Sony always strives to deliver the highest level of satisfaction to its customers and all consumers. We believe that this program is in the best interest of both our customers and all consumers. Sony is discussing this plan with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and will coordinate with other government authorities as required. We will announce...
  • Giving up gasoline

    09/18/2006 6:54:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 86 replies · 1,468+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | September 18, 2006 | RICHARD RICHTMYER
    At first glance, Mike Willmon's 1988 Mitsubishi MightyMax looks like any other pickup cruising Anchorage's streets. But instead of the rattling and rumbling sounds that typically go with old pickups, Willmon's rig emits a gentle whir that gradually fades as he eases it to a stop at a traffic light. And there's no sight or smell of exhaust fumes as he waits for it to turn green. That's because Willmon, an electrical engineer, overhauled the truck, replacing its gasoline engine with an electric motor that runs on batteries. He's part of a small but growing group of people nationwide who...
  • Cyber Attack Depletes Cell Phone Batteries

    09/17/2006 3:48:57 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 1,189+ views
    Science News ^ | 9-17-2006 | Peter Weiss
    Cyber attack depletes cell phone batteries Peter Weiss Bad guys armed with computers might remotely and secretly drain the batteries of cell phones, a new study shows. By commandeering communications channels that cell phones use to capture images and video from the Internet, attackers might repeatedly awaken an idle phone from a low-power slumber into a state of readiness that saps its electric power. In multiple tests on a Nokia 6620 phone, computer scientists Hao Chen, Denys Ma, and Radmilo Racic of the University of California, Davis used a fake server to repeatedly send information to the phone, depleting the...
  • Tel Aviv U. Scientists Developing Ultimate Batteries

    09/06/2006 1:01:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 781+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 15:40 Aug 28, '06 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Scientists at Tel Aviv University have developed new technology to greatly improve battery performance and decrease the risks associated with the lithium-based batteries currently used. Batteries are the bottle-neck for electronic devices' ability to operate effectively, the project's head, Professor Menachem Nathan told Israel21c.org. Mobile devices need more and more battery power, and consumers are seeking products that take the shortest amount of time to charge. The demand has resulted in lithium-heavy batteries that heat to high temperatures, posing a fire hazard. "The problem we're dealing with here is the flammability of lithium batteries. There have been a few dozen...
  • Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries

    08/24/2006 11:04:33 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 46 replies · 1,283+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 24, 2006 | Ritsuko Ando
    Apple Computer Inc. will recall 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook computer batteries after nine devices overheated, causing minor burns to two users, U.S. safety regulators said on Thursday. The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers. Just last week, No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries. In both cases, the batteries had power cells made by Sony Corp..
  • Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries

    08/24/2006 10:24:16 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 24, 2006
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. will recall 1.8 million lithium-ion notebook batteries after nine devices overheated, causing minor burns in two users, U.S. safety regulators said on Thursday. The recall is the second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers, after No. 1 PC maker Dell Inc. recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. In both cases the batteries had power cells made by Sony Corp. Cupertino, California-based Apple will recall 1.1 million batteries sold with notebooks in the United States and 700,000 abroad, the safety agency said. They were...
  • NTSB looks into whether laptop batteries caused UPS plane fire

    07/13/2006 8:29:44 AM PDT · by rawhide · 30 replies · 2,162+ views
    ajc.com/business ^ | 07/13/06 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON — Did laptop batteries aboard a UPS cargo plane catch fire, causing it to ignite into flames? The National Transportation Safety Board began looking into the question at a hearing Wednesday. All three crew members on the plane owned by the Sandy Springs-based delivery giant were treated for minor injuries after it made an emergency landing shortly after midnight Feb. 8 at the Philadelphia airport. The crew declared an emergency on approach into Philadelphia. Fire and rescue crews met the four-engine jet, a DC-8 that originated in Atlanta, when it touched down shortly after midnight. Firefighters said the blaze...
  • Super Battery

    06/09/2006 4:19:52 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 48 replies · 1,362+ views
    sciencentral.com ^ | 6/8/06 | Victor Limjoco
    Ever wish you could charge your cellphone or laptop in a few seconds rather than hours? As this ScienCentral News video explains, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a battery that could do just that, and also might never need to be replaced. The Past is Future As our portable devices get more high-tech, the batteries that power them can seem to lag behind. But Joel Schindall and his team at M.I.T. plan to make long charge times and expensive replacements a thing of the past--by improving on technology from the past. They turned to the capacitor,...
  • PANASONIC TAKING AIM AT ENERGIZER'S BUNNY

    06/04/2006 12:26:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 356+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 4, 2006 | ANGELA MONTEFINISE
    June 4, 2006 -- The pink Energizer Bunny better watch its back. Electronics giant Panasonic, looking to crack the $4 billion disposable-battery market here, is taking aim at the fluffy-tailed advertising icon. In an effort to promote its year-old Oxyride Extreme Power batteries - aimed at use in MP3 players and cameras and are supposed to last longer than the alkaline batteries hawked by the bunny - Panasonic launched an "educational" campaign called "Neuter Your Bunny."
  • Battery Pumps Up Power Tools ~ Using Nanotech and Lithium-Ion with improvements...

    02/25/2006 1:04:16 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 397+ views
    Red Herring ^ | November 2, 2005 | staff
    A new lithium-ion battery from startup A123Systems promises five times as much power for 10 times as long as competitors. November 2, 2005A123Systems launched a lithium-ion battery for a new line of Black & Decker power tools Wednesday that the battery startup says will last 10 times longer than traditional lithium-ions and provide five times as much power.  Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in phones and laptops. A123 uses a nanotech material called doped nano-phosphate, and the Watertown, Massachusetts-based company says its battery will recharge 90 percent of its capacity in five minutes. The battery is also lightweight, weighing in...
  • Marjie Lundstrom: Heard about the e-waste recycling deadline? (Didn't think so)

    02/09/2006 10:37:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 621+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/9/6 | Marjie Lundstrom
    In this month packed with holidays and special observances - Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, National Grapefruit Month, Thank A Mailman Day, Ronald Reagan's birthday - there is one you may have missed, a deadline that affects virtually everyone living in California. It arrived this week with little fanfare, which is puzzling, considering the scope of the deal. Beginning today, anyone with a used battery, fluorescent light tube, old cell phone - the list goes on and on - can no longer toss the thing into the trash, bound for the landfill. One stroll through a kid's bedroom or...
  • Best laptop battery seller?

    12/20/2005 8:40:33 AM PST · by Siegfried The Red · 15 replies · 513+ views
    12/20/05 | Siegfried The Red
    Okay, I want to get some people's opinions. Who do you think is the best seller of laptop batteries out there? I'm looking to get a new battery for my wife's Dell Inspiron 8200 and I have no problem finding batteries on the net that will work, but who would you go with in terms of reliability, honesty, price, return policy, etc?
  • Researchers produce strong, transparent carbon nanotube sheets (big advance)

    08/18/2005 5:12:15 PM PDT · by Arkie2 · 80 replies · 1,650+ views
    Carbon nanotubes are like minute bits of string, and untold trillions of these invisible strings must be assembled to make useful macroscopic articles that can exploit the phenomenal mechanical and electronic properties of the individual nanotubes. In the Aug. 19 issue of the prestigious journal Science, scientists from the NanoTech Institute at UTD and a collaborator, Dr. Ken Atkinson from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), a national laboratory in Australia, report such assembly of nanotubes into sheets at commercially useable rates. Starting from chemically grown, self-assembled structures in which nanotubes are aligned like trees in a forest, the...
  • Scientists harness the power of pee (Urine Powered Batteries)

    08/17/2005 1:02:43 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies · 638+ views
    IOP.Org News ^ | August 15, 2005
    Physicists in Singapore have succeeded in creating the first paper battery that generates electricity from urine. This new battery will be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for diseases such as diabetes. This research is published today in the Institute of Physics’ Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. Scientists in research groups around the world are trying to design ever smaller “biochips” that can test for a variety of diseases at once, give instant results, and, crucially, can be mass produced cheaply. But until now, no one has been able to solve the problem of finding a power...
  • Grazing the Nanograss -

    02/12/2005 5:25:50 PM PST · by UnklGene · 4 replies · 548+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | October 11, 2004 | Gary H. Anthes
    Grazing the Nanograss - Adaptable substance may cool computers and put a zoom lens in your cell phone. Future Watch by Gary H. Anthes OCTOBER 11, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - A drop of water glides across the flat surface like quicksilver, moving effortlessly from place to place as the surface is tilted. It's hard to believe that the little bead is water, for it doesn't wet the surface as it races around, seemingly without friction. The little drop in this impromptu laboratory demonstration isn't on an ordinary surface. It's riding on "nanograss," a bed of upright silicon posts a thousand times...
  • Apple to Recall 28,000 Laptop Batteries

    08/19/2004 3:37:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 56 replies · 1,235+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/19/04 | Andy Sullivan
    Apple to Recall 28,000 Laptop Batteries Thu Aug 19,12:30 PM ET By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) has agreed to recall about 28,000 batteries used in its 15-inch PowerBook G4 laptop computers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The batteries, made by LG Chem Ltd. (051910.KS) of South Korea, could overheat and pose a fire hazard, the CPSC said. "Apple is not financially responsible for this recall," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said. Apple has received four reports of overheating though no injuries have been reported, the consumer protection agency said. The recall affects...
  • Serious defects hit cell phone batteries, computer parts (huge recalls)

    07/18/2004 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,326+ views
    Serious defects hit cell phone batteries, computer parts From wire reports July 18, 2004 Hundreds of thousands of computer parts and cell phone batteries have been recalled in recent weeks because of serious defects. No. 1 PC maker Dell recalled 38,000 Auto/Air Power Adapters connecting laptops to power outlets in cars and planes. Users may get shocked if they plug the wrong cord into the adapter. No. 2 PC maker Hewlett-Packard is recalling the memory component of 900,000 laptops over a problem that can make them crash or lose data. H-P blames memory-makers Micron Technology, Samsung, Infineon Technologies and Winbond....
  • When Changing Clocks This Weekend, Change Batteries Too

    04/02/2004 6:01:00 PM PST · by Keith in Iowa · 4 replies · 139+ views
    Vanity Press | 4/2/04 | Moi
    It's that time of year again...time to change clocks for most of the US...take a moment to also change batteries in things like smoke & CO detectors, and if you're diabtec - change the battery in your glucose meter...and if you have any other battery powered devices around the house to protect your saftey & health, check those and see if they need to be changed.
  • Battery problems jam up E-Zpass users

    09/21/2003 11:25:47 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 273+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, September 21, 2003 | Joe Grata
    <p>When the light in the toll plaza lane didn't flash green as Brad Crooks drove his car through the Irwin interchange July 10, he thought the Pennsylvania Turnpike's E-ZPass system had suffered a temporary glitch.</p> <p>When it happened again a few days later, he phoned the E-ZPass control center in Harrisburg.</p>
  • Batteries created for deep-space exploration - NASA to send an exploration device to Pluto.

    08/04/2003 7:36:59 AM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 208+ views
    KTVB ^ | 08/04/03 | Associated Press
    IDAHO FALLS -- A team of Idaho scientists is working to ensure space exploration takes place in the future. The experts at Argonne National Laboratory-West are developing batteries called radioisotope thermoelectric generators. Their budget for the next 18 months is estimated at $21 million. Department of Energy officials moved the nation's space battery program from Ohio to Idaho last year because of security concerns stemming from the September eleventh terrorist attacks. The plutonium in the batteries produces heat, which can power spacecraft for decades. NASA plans to send an exploration device to Pluto in 2006.
  • Power from blood could lead to 'human batteries'

    08/03/2003 11:10:36 AM PDT · by yonif · 33 replies · 840+ views
    A device that produces electricity from blood could be used to turn people into "human batteries". Researchers in Japan are developing a method of drawing power from blood glucose, mimicking the way the body generates energy from food. Theoretically, it could allow a person to pump out 100 watts - enough to illuminate a light bulb. But that would entail converting all the food eaten by the individual into electricity. In practice, less power would be generated since food is needed by the body. However the scientists say the "bio-nano" generator could be used to run devices embedded in the...
  • "If We Run Out of Batteries, This War is Screwed." [realities of technology in Iraq war]

    05/20/2003 10:01:47 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 16 replies · 252+ views
    Wired Magazine ^ | June 2003 | Joshua Davis
    It's early April, days before the fall of Baghdad, and a convoy of trucks from the 11th Signal Brigade is rolling through southern Iraq. The mission: establish a digital beachhead in central Iraq. Without this advance node and a handful like it, the Army's Third Infantry Division cannot receive the precise targeting information it needs to fight its way into the capital. About 9 am, soldiers in the convoy see something that fills them with dread: four dead sheep by the side of the dusty road. Within a mile, they spot two more and quickly pull the convoy to a...
  • Riddle Of 'Baghdad's Batteries'

    02/27/2003 3:53:20 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 443+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-27-2003 | Arran Frood
    Riddle of 'Baghdad's batteries' Arran Frood investigates what could have been the very first batteries and how these important archaeological and technological artefacts are now at risk from the impending war in Iraq. I don't think anyone can say for sure what they were used for, but they may have been batteries because they do work Dr Marjorie Senechal War can destroy more than a people, an army or a leader. Culture, tradition and history also lie in the firing line. Iraq has a rich national heritage. The Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel are said to have...
  • Daylight Savings Time

    10/27/2002 12:58:30 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 8 replies · 1,035+ views
    lokibob | 28 Oct 2002 1:59 am | self
    Boy, I hate daylight savings time for a ton of reasons. I hate getting up at 2 am sunday morning to change the batteries in my smoke detector. Oh, yes, if you try to change them early, or late, they detect that. And call the fire department. Since I've saved time all summer long, do you think the government will give me credit for it? Spring ahead, fall back. Now I have to remember a nursery rhyme to tell the time. This is dumb. Well not as dumb as "twinkle , twinkle, little star, now I wonder what time you...