batteries

Die With Me

This Chatroom Only Opens When Your Phone’s About to Die

A whole new, almost-dead world.
Samantha Cole
1.18.18
HOTY2017

The YouTuber Who Is Redefining Renewable Energy

With a talent for building DIY powerwalls, Jehu Garcia has become the “reluctant battery king.”
Louise Matsakis
12.19.17
mineral wars

The Supply Chain Can’t Handle Skyrocketing Demand for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium is “the new gasoline,” but our mining infrastructure isn’t designed to handle the electric car revolution.
Louise Matsakis
10.11.17
nasa

NASA Needs to Change the Batteries on the Space Station

And it's sending three astronauts on a spacewalk to do the job.
Samantha Cole
12.29.16
energy

Behold: The World's Largest Battery

In Fairbanks, Alaska, keeping the lights on is a matter of life and death.
Michael Byrne
8.27.16
nature

Crab and Shrimp Shells Could Be Used to Make Battery Parts of the Future

Scientists building new materials are looking to nature for inspiration.
Kate Lunau
8.24.16
iphones

Why It's (Usually) Okay to Charge Your Phone Overnight

Lithium ion batteries stop charging when they're full.
Madison Margolin
7.26.16
Canada

A Canadian Startup Wants to Replace Drone Batteries With a Gas Engine

This range extender could keep drones in the sky for two hours or longer.
Mark Mann
5.4.16
short circuit

​Qualcomm’s New Charging Tech Gets a Phone to 80 Percent in 35 Minutes

With less than 20 minutes to get a phone out of the red, do we still need bigger batteries?
Clinton Nguyen
9.15.15
oxford

Harnessing 'Spooky Action at a Distance' To Make a Better Battery

Quantum entanglement exploiting 'quantacells' are still a ways off, but here's proof that it works.
Michael Byrne
8.6.15
nasa

Moonshots for Planes: NASA's Got Out-There Concepts for Aviation Too

"It just might be that it's not feasible, but that's OK."
Emiko Jozuka
6.23.15
News

This Is What It Looks Like When a Lithium Ion Battery Explodes

Engineers pushed a battery to its fiery limits, for science.
Victoria Turk
4.28.15
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