A few nights ago MIT scientist Donald Sadoway
(Time 100) was on Colbert Report
to discuss a new cheap high-capacity liquid-metal battery that could be the holy grail for solar and wind power to store electricity for on-demand use. The Colbert show is an intro but sort of dumb (by design), the TED talk
gives some more detail, or the company page Ambri
has more info.
$40,000 is what you'll pay to have the battery replaced
if you leave your Tesla Roadster
, a $100K electric car, unplugged long enough that the battery discharges completely. Reportedly, the problem will also plague the upcoming Model S coupe, a $50K downmarket model. Owners cannot insure against this loss, it is not covered by warranty, and the car cannot be driven, recharged, or easily towed if so "bricked".
, the Chevy Volt
, and airplanes
all have something in common - fires caused by lithium batteries. [more inside]
How a Security Researcher Discovered the Apple Battery ‘Hack’
- How to destroy Hardware with Software.
Electronics companies all over the world are increasingly reliant on certain rare metals, most of which are mined in China, which controls 97 per cent of the global supply.
The Chinese government has promised to slash export quotas to ensure future sustainability of the world's supply of rare metals. China will drop its quota by 35 per cent in the first half of this year as compared with the same time last year.
But despite its escalating consumption of rare metals and the need for future sustainability, the West's electronics industry is mistrustful of China's motives and claims that the move has more to do with the mainland's desire to dominate electronics manufacturing than ensuring the future sustainability of the world's supply of rare metals.
Greening conscience or resource checkmate
? The rare earth trilogy covers eWaste harvesting
, restarting interest in mines
and dithering around trade
regulations, all in one neat package. [more inside]
Microsoft introduces "an amazingly obvious tweak to battery tech that should save us some headaches, as well as several trillion hours of head-scratching and peering into dark holes.
" The innovation, called "Instaload
" is a simple, low-tech battery contact design that allows cylindrical batteries (disposable and rechargeable) to be inserted in either direction, so users don't have to worry about which end is positive or negative. How? It puts a set of positive and negative contacts at both ends of a battery compartment
. (From Microsoft: Press Release / Overview / Technology Brochure (pdf)) [more inside]
Chemically Driven Carbon-Nanotube-Guided Thermopower Waves
) are "a new scientific area for research
" and may be able to provide 100 times more energy by weight than a standard lithium-ion battery.
Pics of the new Tesla
S-Model have been leaked
. With an anticipated price tag of 50K and a potential 45-minute recharge time
, will this finally kick-start a true replacement to the internal combustion engine? And if so, where will the electricity come from
? What future
is there for the fuel-cell vehicle
, or will fuel cells remain stationary
? Is that really
it for hydrogen
? [more inside]
Meta-efficiency is the analysis of efficiency at a more comprehensive level. Metaefficient Review
assesses products considering not only their energy efficiency but also the embodied energy, toxicity, affordability, and usability. [more inside]
are supposed to last 30 years, run cool, and be inert and harmless when depleted. The batteries, which generate electricity from radioactive decay, have a 50-year development history
, but breakthroughs at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab are said to make the batteries practical for use in consumer applications. So why doesn't the Air Force lab's website
feature this discovery? Maybe because it's a hoax
, or a scam
Due to recent fires, Dell is recalling
over four million laptop batteries
manufactured by Sony and sold worldwide
in the past two years. Pictures of computers on fire
(as well as their charred remains
) circulated widely online
, not allowing the company to easily dismiss the problem
as an isolated incident
. Other companies claim their products
aren't affected by the same issues
, but the nightmare might not be limited
to Dell. The future
of laptops on airplanes
is not looking so good
Los Alamos whistleblower "Tommy Hook is still hospitalized today
after being brutally assaulted over the weekend," the Project on Government Oversight
is saying. "A group of three to four assailants threatened Hook to keep silent, in apparent reference to his upcoming Congressional testimony on fraud at Los Alamos."
We've all, I'm sure by now, seen the movie
two brothers made about thier iPod's "unreplaceable battery" and them broadcasting the movie they made of thier tech support call, and their defacing apple posters, to the four winds. We may have even read the article that came out over the weekend giving/taking credit
for the introduction of the battery replacement program for ipods
from Apple as a result of thier movie. (Here's one for 1/2 the price from other people
that you can do yourself). So why doesn't the brother's movie site
have this info? Are they just out for the publicity? This series of emails
seems to prove that, as well as proving the pair of being ungrateful bastids.
Yet another case of zero intelligence.
Two days after Tiffani Ann Alvera notified her public housing resident manager that she had obtained a restraining order against her husband for domestic violence, she received a notice to vacate the apartment within 24 hours. The notice said, "You, someone in your control, or your pet, has seriously threatened immediately to inflict personal injury, or has inflicted substantial personal injury upon the landlord or other tenants," and specified her husband's assault.