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Where Will You Find Lithium-Ion Batteries?

The magic behind long battery life is the switch to lithium-ion batteries, which provide immense energy density (the ability to hold a large amount of energy) and a slow loss of charge when not in use. Lithium-ion batteries are also more lightweight than comparable batteries, making them ideal for hybrid vehicles, military applications and portable electronics. As more and more consumer electronics adopt lithium-ion batteries, the only thing slowing down the trend toward lithium is access to this rare and very valuable metal. As known lithium deposits are quickly depleted, finding lithium deposits—new sources—is becoming more and more difficult. The MobiLab 130 Elemental Analyzer is an effective, portable instrume...

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Why Lithium May Become An Energy Leader

The world runs on energy. We need gasoline for our cars, electricity to keep lights aglow, and power to watch our favorite shows on television, keep our food cold, and much, much more. As the world economy grows, the need for power is greater than ever. Unfortunately, most fuel sources come with heavy burdens. Oil and gas emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, impacting the environment. Clean energy proponents have been pushing wind energy, solar energy and even ocean energy for decades, but energy storage tends to be the limiting component of the technology that prevents having these solutions delivered to the consumers. Many manufactures have focused on using higher energy storage batteries. Lithium batteries are becoming increasingly popular in hybrid vehi...

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Energy Needs Predicted To Skyrocket

The emergence of a consumer-hungry population in countries such as China, Japan and Brazil is fueling a ravenous appetite for energy. More people around the globe are buying cars that need fuel, building larger houses with more lights, installing the latest appliances and stocking up on energy-sucking electronics, causing energy needs to skyrocket. This growing need for energy is going to put pressure on all of the traditional energy markets, including coal, oil and nuclear energy. It will also spur continued innovation in renewable resources. One of the most promising new technologies helping store energy is lithium-based battery systems,...

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Will Liquids Ever Be Allowed On Airplanes Again?

We all want to feel safe when we travel by air, but the impact of the heavy restrictions after 9/11 has made air travel inconvenient for even the most seasoned and mild-mannered traveler. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is the restriction of all liquids, aerosols and gels above 3 ounces in carry-on luggage. This means that passengers cannot bring a water bottle, a full-sized shampoo bottle, or even a bottle of sunscreen in their carry-on luggage. Those efficient travelers who prefer to dispense with checked bags have to make due with corralling all their liquids into small, 3-ounce bottles. Is this the way things will always be? Will we forever have to buy those mini travel shampoos, conditioners and moisturizers from the drug store before we travel? Perhaps...

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Companies that Mine Lithium

Lithium mining stocks, like many strategic metals, decreased in 2011. Following the tough year, lithium stocks saw a mixed year through 2012. Today, it is more than important than ever to find lithium, and now there is a powerful tool to help companies that mine lithium: the MobiLab 130 Lithium Analyzer to find lithium for more effective mining. Besides their well-known use in the expanding electric vehicle market, lithium is also essential for cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices that require long-lasting battery power. It is also used heavily in ceramics and glass products. While you can play lithium in many areas, like battery manufacturers and developers, those companies must first procure the raw material itself. ...

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