Brown algae could help your smartphone keep its charge

We love our electronics, but the increasing demands of high end gadgets put a huge amount of stress on their Li-ion batteries, to the point where it's not uncommon to have to charge your smartphone every day, and your laptop every couple of hours. We keep waiting for the next big thing in batteries, but what might… » 9/09/11 11:30am 9/09/11 11:30am

New fuel cell could power your gadgets with energy from calories

Another day, another breakthrough in battery technology, guaranteed to change our lives. This one is powered by mitochondria, tiny organelles inside cells which could suck the energy out of anything with calories — like soda or oil. Sure it would be awesome, but we constantly hear of amazing battery breakthroughs, and… » 8/27/10 3:30pm 8/27/10 3:30pm