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Lithium Ion Battery Fires Could Turn Boeing 787 Dreamliner into a Nightmare

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Boeing’s Dreamliner has likely become a nightmare for the company, its airline customers and regulators worldwide. An inflight lithium-ion battery fire broke out Wednesday on an All Nippon Airways 787 over Japan, forcing an emergency landing. And another battery fire occurred last week aboard a Japan Airlines 787 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Both battery [...]

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Tesla Triumphs: Electric Car Bests the Rest

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Since America’s love affair with cars really got rolling after World War II, nothing but a gasoline-burning internal combustion engine would do. Until now. The gearheads at Motor Trend have named the Tesla Model S the car of the year for 2013—the first time an all-electric vehicle has ever won the honor. “The turning point [...]

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GE Develops Recyclable, Rechargeable Batteries for Cell Tower Backup

A person’s arsenal of wireless communications devices—smartphones, tablets, laptops, et cetera—places a heavy burden on surrounding cell towers. But when storms or power surges interrupt electrical service, these towers are forced to rely on a costly and environmentally unfriendly combination of lead-acid batteries and diesel generators to keep wireless users connected. GE on Tuesday unveiled [...]

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“Microsleep” Software Doubles Battery Life of Connected Gadgets

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No matter how fancy mobile gadgets get, they’re useless when their batteries run out. With the push toward cloud computing and the always-on wireless culture gaining momentum every day, laptop, tablet and smart phone batteries are being asked to do more despite no real breakthroughs in battery technology hitting the market. Consider: Twitter users send [...]

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Where Will Our Energy Come from in 2030?

It may seem slightly ridiculous to consider the prospects for a future solar-hydrogen economy at an institute for theoretical physics in Waterloo, Canada. After all, Canada is the capital of unconventional oil, also known as oil sands, also known as tar sands, which supply more than a million barrels of oil per day to the [...]

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Automotive X PRIZE winners take a victory lap through New York City and ponder the future

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Perhaps the biggest winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition is the X PRIZE Foundation itself. The organization, formed in 1996 with the Ansari X PRIZE competition to stimulate private spaceflight, not only issued a challenge to see if automakers could build a vehicle that could get 100 miles per gallon (or the [...]

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Supercharge your cell phone – California teen invents her way to a better cell phone battery

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Silicon valley teen takes science fair to a new level with energy storage device that can charge a cell phone in less than 30 seconds. Eighteen year old Eesha Khare was tired of her aging cell phone battery run dry. But, instead of talking her parents into a new phone, she created a tiny supercapacitor capable of [...]

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