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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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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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Double-capacity Batteries Could be Here by 2017

One of the thousands of teams across the world investigating the trillion-dollar problem that is increasing battery capacity says it's made a substantial breakthrough, one that manages to squeeze twice the capacity into the same space of current cells -- and it uses a simple tweak of existing lithium technology so can be incorporated into existing production lines. Read More >>

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Sand-Based Battery Has Three Times the Capacity of Standard Li-Ion Cells

Engineering researchers at the University of California claim to have come up with a new lithium-ion battery tech that squeezes three times as much capacity into the space of one of today's cells, using nanoscale silicon formed from sand as part on the process. Read More >>

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The Amazing Technologies That’ll Power the Smartphones of the Future

Battery life is the scourge of every gadget owner. No matter how pretty your shiny new toy is, you'll almost certainly spend half your waking hours fretting about when it's going to die. Thankfully, scientists across the world are working to solve this incredible first-world problem -- and here are the solutions they've come up with so far. Read More >>

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Where the Most Important Part of Your Battery Comes From

Lithium's kind of a big deal. It powers everything from our gadgets to our cars — really our entire modern world. And that's not changing any time soon; some analysts estimate that demand could grow up to 25 per cent over the next several years. But how does one harness the power of a metal that bursts into flame every time it gets wet? How do you even get it out of the ground? Read More >>

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Giz Explains: Everything You Need to Know about Batteries

Nobody thinks about batteries—until they've run out of juice, of course. But this humble and surprisingly ancient technology has done far more for human civilization than most people realize. Read More >>

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3M’s Silicon Anodes Could Boost Gadget Battery Life by 40 Per Cent

Graphite is a common choice for anodes in Li-Ion battery systems but doesn't store much charge for its bulk. However, 3M's newly-devised electrode could boost battery life and replace the soft-carbon material for good. Read More >>