Exploding batteries! We’ve all read cautionary tales or even had the horror happen to us personally, the horrible ordeal of spotting a bulge under your macbook or, worse still, hearing a pop and a bang and seeing it happen right in front of you. The reason for all this? Lithium, an otherwise safe element, which has a slight tendency to misbehave if it overheats.
But all that worry may now be a thing of the past as scientists at Stanford claim they’ve created a Lithium ion battery that “shut down at high temperatures and restarts when cool”. This is the first time scientists have managed to create a preventative measure, meaning no more pesky combustion, and little to no downtime for your precious device. So if exploding batteries were nature’s way of getting us to put down our devices, then let’s chalk this up as one more victory for the common, internet-addicted man.