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Even if you use computers on a regular basis, you probably haven't seen a floppy disk in close to a decade. Their limited storage capacity is laughable by today's standards, but that's not to say floppy disks are completely useless yet. At least not if you cram one full of batteries.

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On Wednesday, web developer Rick Bross was faced an unusual problem. His electric skateboard's battery malfunctioned, filling his entire apartment with smoke and scaring the hell out of his roommate. The incident was just one of two recent cases involving Boosted Boards, a brand of electric skateboards, where the batteries spontaneously "vented", a non-technical term used by the company to describe an electrical engineering problem also known as thermal runaway that causes batteries to overheat and potentially explode.

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Need yet another reason not to vape? A nightclub owner in Toulouse, France, was sent to the hospital with severe burns after a spare battery for his e-cig suddenly exploded in his jacket pocket, spraying fire and sparks while melting part of his coat to his finger as he attempted to remove it.

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If you find yourself having to fix a plumbing leak in the middle of the night, the last thing you want is your work light falling over in the middle of the job. So Ridgid's new task light, which looks like a floating buoy, features a rounded, weighted base ensuring that even if it does get knocked over, it will automatically stand back up again.

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You'd expect that Alan Noble, Google's engineering director for Australia and New Zealand, would be a bit of a tech-head. And yes, he is: he's just had an off-the-grid solar and battery energy storage system set up at his rural South Australian property, using cells designed by Aussie company Redflow for a much lower cost than actually connecting the entire property to the national energy grid.

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Want a drone to fly longer and farther? Give it a bigger battery. But that adds weight, which in turn reduces the drone's flight time. It's quite a conundrum. It seems like an unresolvable catch-22, except that someone has finally found a way to use wireless power to keep a drone flying.

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If you want to buy a new phone in 2016, then apart from the price and the size of the screen, a phone's battery — how long it lasts, how big it is, and whether you can swap it out — is probably going to be one of your chief concerns. Some phones have removable batteries, and some don't. Here's the difference, why it matters, and whether it's worth putting a replaceable battery at the top of your wishlist.

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The world is full of inventions that science doesn't entirely understand the fundamental inner workings of. Batteries, for instance. Sure, it's not magic, but there are still a few details that we can't completely explain. Though we're a step closer thanks to a team from Stanford University in the US.

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You're plugging along with 3 per cent battery and that Snorlax is one block away. Then, less than a minute later your phone is dead, the Snorlax is gone, and you are miserable. There are a two reasons for this. One: you're playing Pokémon Go and need to stop. Two: figuring out how your battery holds a charge is less science and more witchcraft.

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Smartphones and tablets are being used more frequently in the battlefield, and that means that battery power is more important than ever. Soldiers often carry spare battery chargers in the 40kg combat packs they carry into war zones, but the batteries are often lost or broken. BAE Systems wants to help lighten the load with its new system that lets soldiers plug electronics directly into their clothing.

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Just because you're stuck raising a kid until they turn 18 doesn't mean you have to live with a dead phone. 4moms' new Moxi stroller has a killer feature for parents who are balancing raising a kid while posting endless baby photos to Instagram — generators built into the rear wheels that feed power to a USB port in the handle.