Gears & Gadgets

FAA tells airlines MacBook Pros with defective batteries can’t fly

The 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Andrew Cunningham The Federal Aviation Administration has banned certain 15-inch MacBook Pros with potentially defective batteries from US flights. The move, which follows Apple’s June recall announcement, is part of a general FAA policy on devices with defective batteries. “The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are […]

Gears & Gadgets

New electrolyte recipe keeps lithium-ion batteries from catching fire

Enlarge / Adding powdered silica to the electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries keeps them from catching fire. Gabriel Veith Exploding lithium-ion batteries can wreak havoc on airline flights or in waste facilities after people toss their old electronics into the trash. Now, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have come up with a new chemical […]