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New Ultralight Ceramic Cubes Can Be Squished And Recover Like A Sponge

A CalTech scientist and her team just announced the development of one of the strongest and lightest materials ever created. It’s light enough to float like a feather, and so uniquely strong, it can be crushed and completely recover its shape. And — get this — it’s made of ceramic.


This Compact Portable Charger Revives Your Phone With Four AA Batteries

A portable charger can bring your dead smartphone back to life if you forget to plug it in overnight, but what if you forget to charge the charger too? That’s not an issue with the tiny Oivo since it splits in half to accommodate four readily-available AA batteries that have enough charge to completely bring an iPhone back from the dead.


Report: Apple Watch Will Need Charging Every Day

Amidst all the fist-pumping and Bono-goofing yesterday, one piece of information was conspicuously absent: The Apple Watch’s battery life. What’s the point of strapping a tiny computer to your body if it needs constant charging? According to Re/code, even Apple hasn’t quite figured out the battery dilemma yet.


The Clever Plan To Mine Lithium From Geothermal Power Plants' Wastewater

Regardless what you think about the future of phones or wearables or cars, there is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: We will need more batteries. And for that, we’ll need more lithium. One startup has its eyes on a new source of lithium: the wastewater from geothermal power plants.


Report: iWatch Might Face Battery Life Issues

We’re already well aware that no matter how great a gadget might seem, none of that means anything if it dies almost as quickly as it turns on. And according to a new report from The Information, the long-awaited iWatch’s battery power is going to be “disappointing”.


There's A Massive 26,000MAh Battery Hidden Inside This Briefcase

The bigger a portable charger you carry, the longer your gadgets can run while away from a power outlet. But backup batteries are heavy, so it’s a tradeoff between capacity and what’s comfortable to stash in your pocket. Unless you throw a bag like the Phorce over your shoulder, which makes it easy to haul around your toys, a laptop and 26,000mAh of extra power


Gigafactory Is Go: Tesla Will Build Batteries In Nevada

Speculation for months about where Tesla would make the batteries to power its Model 3 EV electric vehicles has finally ended, with confirmation today that Elon Musk has decided where to erect his Gigafactory. The big winner? Nevada.


This Portable Charger Reminds You To Bring It Along On Busy Days

A portable charger can save your butt on days when your smartphone never seems to leave your hand — but only if you remember to bring it with you. So not only has Elgato packed 6000mAh into its new Smart Power battery, but Bluetooth and an accompanying iOS app as well, so that it can peek at your iPhone’s calendar and automatically remind you to pack it on long, busy days.


MIT Explains How To Turn An Old Car Battery Into A Working Solar Cell

There are over one billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them — by turning them into a new kind of solar cell. It’s surprisingly simple.


The Sounds Around You Could Soon Charge Your Phone's Battery

Sitting in a noisy bar, caring for screaming children, or watching the ball game — all awful locations to make a phone call, but soon these scenarios could actually help charge the battery of your cell.


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