The battery can recharge in one minute, it’s flexible (meaning it can be bent to fit more snugly into various gadgets), and it’s potentially inexpensive, since aluminum is cheaper than lithium. Furthermore, the materials are safer than the ones in lithium-ion batteries, which can catch fire in certain situations. In contrast, the aluminum-ion battery won’t catch fire even if you drill a hole through it while it’s working.
-Stan Schroeder, “Researchers build aluminum battery that can be charged in one minute”, Mashable
Watch the video included with the original post for proof of the above. I may be a minority, but I find battery technology fascinating and frankly, the future will be decided by our ability to harness portable power. Gadgets aside, energy storage and transportation is important to how the world will progress out of our current dependence on non-renewable energy sources. I can’t wait until I can charge my phone in minutes using only renewable energy from wind and solar farms hundreds of miles away; that future is coming.
(via The Loop)
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.