January 23, 2013
If Boeing is having trouble with the batteries in its 787 Dreamliners, it is not alone. "As 21st century technology strains to become ever faster, cleaner and cheaper, an invention from more than 200 years ago keeps holding it back," writes the AP's Seth Borenstein. That invention would be the battery. "It's why electric cars aren't clogging the roads and why Boeing's new ultra-efficient 787 Dreamliners aren't flying high," he continues.
He reminds us that in 2006 and 2007, "more than 46 million cell-phone batteries and 10 million laptop batteries--all lithium-ion--were recalled because of the risk of overheating, short-circuiting, and exploding." It almost makes you want to scrap your lithium-powered laptop for one of the old steam-powered models of yesteryear.