7 Up used to contain lithium

Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It's an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of America's favorite soft drinks used to contain the mood stabilizing element. » 9/15/14 12:58pm 9/15/14 12:58pm

Where the Most Important Part of Your Battery Comes From

Lithium's kind of a big deal. It powers everything from our gadgets to our cars—really our entire modern world. And that's not changing any time soon; some analysts estimate that demand could grow up to 25% over the next several years. But how does one harness the power of a metal that bursts into flame every time it… » 7/02/13 3:13pm 7/02/13 3:13pm

USPS Outlaws the Sending of iPads and Kindles to Troops Overseas

An iPad or a Kindle can go a long way to helping a deployed soldier pass the dull, dull downtime while away from home. But if you want to send a gadget-stuffed care package to your favorite GI, you won't be able to use the USPS much longer. It's banning the shipment of all electronics with lithium-ion batteries. » 5/10/12 8:20pm 5/10/12 8:20pm

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid: First Planned HEV With Li-Ion Battery

Sure, we have heard word of lithium ion batteries being possibly implemented in a Prius before, but Mercedes-Benz is going beyond concept speculation with its S400 BlueHybrid, which promises Li-ion HEV action to be hitting the production lines by 2009. At present, that makes the S400 BlueHybrid the first Li-ion HEV… » 3/01/08 1:00pm 3/01/08 1:00pm

Rumor Smashed: The FAA Isn't Banning Laptop Batteries

The Associate Press just reported that the FAA is now banning all Lithium batteries, meaning you can't travel with extra batteries for your laptop or digital camera. Outrage of outrages! The problem is, they're wrong. The FAA is now banning Lithium Metal batteries; the Lithium Ions that power a good chunk of your… » 12/28/07 4:36pm 12/28/07 4:36pm

Scientists Make Li-ion Batteries Last Twice as Long in Lab Tests

Just when everyone thought non-fuel cell battery technology was stagnant, scientists at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory found a way to increase battery life by up to twice as much. Sparing you to boring technical details, essentially what they did was find a new composite structure material to… » 5/08/07 5:20pm 5/08/07 5:20pm