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Pumping 20,000 Volts Into a Watermelon Ends as Spectacularly as You’d Hope

Unlike a battery, which stores power as chemical energy that’s slowly and steadily discharged to keep your gadgets running, a capacitor can unload all of its juice in the blink of an eye. Even a small capacitor has the potential to stop your heart, but when it’s the size of a dishwasher, well, this watermelon demonstrates exactly how destructive it can be. Read More >>

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UK Getting Two 50 Megawatt Batteries for £250m

Cumbria and Kent are about to become the UK's battery compartments, with the two sites set to benefit from a £250m investment in energy storage. The end result will be two battery farms able to store 50 megawatts of power between them, and perhaps even a bit more than that if staff blow on them and swap them around. Read More >>

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94-Year-Old Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Switches to Solid-State

John B. Goodenough is quite the man. As if making it through life to the age of 94 with that name wasn't enough of an achievement, he also has a blue plaque on the wall in Oxford that commemorates his part in proving up the concept of the lithium-ion battery that makes life so bearable these days. And he's still making the batteries. Read More >>

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Bankers Hoard Cobalt Ahead of Assumed Electric Car Boom

The various battery makers that supply the electric and hybrid carmakers of today are suddenly finding it a bit hard to buy quantities of cobalt on the open market, thanks to a joined-up attempt by a bunch of hedge funds to corner the market for the essential metal. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Video Reveals Batteries Become Tiny Missiles When You Light Them on Fire

By now we’ve all seen how dangerous some batteries can be, but the Slow Mo Guys are back with some more incredible slow-motion footage revealing that even the seemingly innocuous AA batteries stuffed in your TV remote can easily turn into a high-speed, exploding projectile if you’re not careful. Read More >>

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Can We Charge Batteries With Greenhouse Gases?

Climate change is bad, and humans are causing it with all of our cars and factories belching greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Now that that’s out of the way, and since it doesn’t seem like our government is planning to do anything about it, what if we could actually use those emissions for good—like to produce electricity? Read More >>

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Samsung’s Battery Factory Caught on Fire Because of Course It Did

Just when you almost forgot about what a shitty time Samsung’s been having, a literal garbage fire broke out at the company’s battery supplier in Tianjin, China. The cause? Discarded faulty batteries. Read More >>

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Galaxy Note 7 Battery Factory Catches on Fire Now

A fire has broken out at a Chinese factory that produced batteries for Samsung's doomed Galaxy Note 7 device, as the misery surrounding everyone that's ever had anything to do with Samsung's global disaster continues. Read More >>

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How to Turn Nerf’s Newest Blaster Into a Foam Bullet Fire Hose

It was only announced last week, and it’s not supposed to be available until later in the year, but somehow YouTube’s LordDraconical managed to get his hands on Nerf’s new Rival Nemesis MXVII-1oK. He promptly gutted it and then upgraded it to turn it into a wacky foam bullet-shooting monster. Read More >>

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Salt Water Is All You Need to Power This Lamp for 80 Hours

Hurricanes, earthquakes, elected officials—there are plenty of legitimate reasons to prepare for the end of civilisation as we know it, and if the world’s supply of batteries ever runs out, you’ll be glad you had this emergency LED lamp tucked away in your doomsday shelter. Read More >>

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HP Recalls Thousands More Batteries in Today’s Lithium/Fire Shocker

HP has added around 100,000 more batteries to its potential danger recall list, and is telling people who bought its laptops between 2013 and 2016 to check serial numbers again and send back any potentially deadly units. Read More >>

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Lithium Mining Could be the Next Big Thing in Cornwall

Businesses seeing profit in the vast quantities of lithium the world is using for two years then dumping in a landfill think Cornwall could be the place to be soon, as the county's currently un-dug lithium reserves might now be economically viable to recover. Get those old tin mines reopened. Read More >>

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Barnsley Village Goes Battery Powered

40 homes in Oxspring, near Barnsley, are taking part in a pioneering trial that'll see them fitted with batteries to run their homes, using stored energy generated by local rooftop solar panels. Read More >>

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A Bulky iPhone Case With a Built-in Charger and Cord Just Might Be Brilliant

Until Apple stops chasing thinner iPhone designs at the cost of battery life, trying to find a way to keep your device charged will just be a way of life. But if you don’t mind adding a little bulk to your smartphone, a new iPhone case will ensure you can always be charging whenever an outlet is nearby. Read More >>

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Man Loses Seven Teeth After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Face

If you’re someone who occasionally puffs on electronic cigarettes, you should stop right now. Because when shit goes awry, it turns into a disgusting scene of blood, charred skin, and broken bones. Read More >>