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Virgin Atlantic Rolls Back Blanket Battery Ban

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by Mike Zazaian September 24, 2006 - 1:28pm, No Comments

A Virgin Atlantic Airbus

After a string of exploding Apple and Dell notebook batteries, Virgin Atlantic Airlines rushed to ban all Dell and Apple notebooks from use on flights. Luckily for Apple-and-Dell-owning jetsetters, Branson’s airline has eased restrictions.

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MIT Develops Wafer-Thin Turbine Engines

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by Mike Zazaian September 19, 2006 - 4:19pm, 3 Comments >>

A pair of microengines

Researchers at MIT have developed a gas-turbine engine the size of a quarter that can power devices for ten times as long as lithium-ion batteries.

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340,000 Defective Sony Batteries Prompt Toshiba Exchange Offer

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by Mike Zazaian September 19, 2006 - 12:22pm, 1 Comment >>

Battery for a Toshiba notebook

Toshiba has offered replacements to owners who bought one of 340,000 notebooks equipped with defective Sony batteries, but insists there’s no risk of explosion.

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Plastic Batteries 100 Times More Powerful than Alkaline

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by Mike Zazaian September 17, 2006 - 2:00pm, 11 Comments >>

Two plastic battery prototypes

Researchers at Brown University have developed a plastic battery prototype which would combine the storage prowess of capacitors with the power of alkaline batteries.

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Virgin Atlantic Bans Dell, Apple Laptops

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by Mike Zazaian September 16, 2006 - 5:42pm, 22 Comments >>

A Virgin Atlantic plane

Amid a slew of incidents involving exploding Sony batteries, Virgin Atlantic announced that it won’t allow passengers to carry any Apple or Dell laptops onto flights.

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Sony Battery Explodes at LAX

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by Mike Zazaian September 16, 2006 - 4:40pm, 10 Comments >>

The Aftermath

Passengers at LAX got quite a scare today as an IBM laptop with a Sony battery exploded in one of the world’s busiest airports, but Sony might have seen the whole thing coming.

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Thin-Film Batteries Will Resolve Lithium Ion Woes

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by Mike Zazaian September 6, 2006 - 11:42pm, 2 Comments >>

Powerbook Explodes

After the brash of Lithium-Ion battery explosions in laptops over the past month, companies seek a safer, longer-lasting solution.

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