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. (credit: 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 […]

Catching drug cheats a marathon — not a sprint

Are belief, advocacy and perseverance enough to save sport from cheaters or should Olympians be looking for alternative methods to be heard?  As athletes from around the world are set to overtake Calgary for the first-ever Global Athlete Forum beginning on Sunday, sport leaders will be unifying their voices, hoping to affect change. The forum, […]

Riverdale season 2: Is THIS why the show couldn’t air anywhere else? 'TV is catching up'

An Archie Comics adaptation was always going to be a tough sell for TV viewers, but somehow The CW managed to pull it off. By maintaining an emphasis on character progression and a cinematic style, the show set itself apart from others – and with the teen drama finishing its second season this month fans […]

Catching the bitcoin bug

SINCE the heady days of late 2017 and January of this year, crypto-currencies have gone into retreat. Bitcoin, the best-known example, is now worth just a third of its value at its peak (see chart). But there remain plenty of true believers in digital currencies. They point out that prices are still well above where […]

Where to sit on a flight to avoid catching an illness – Dr Chris recommends this

Where you sit on a plane can impact how likely you are to get ill, according to new research. Scientists modelled the way bugs are spread on flights in the study, and they also found that cabin crew, not just fellow passengers that could be making you ill. The study shows that an infected air […]

How to get rid of black mould and damp: Avoid catching aspergillus with these five steps

BLACK mould and damp is a common problem during this time of year and respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma can be a result of infestations. Inhaling tiny bits of mould can also cause a condition called aspergillosis. The NHS explains how best to get rid of mould and damp problems.

How to get rid of black mould and damp: Avoid catching aspergillus with these five steps

Mould and damp problems occur when a building is not properly ventilated and excess moisture exists.   Extreme cases of damp could cause damage to your home over time, but one of the most serious affects black mould has is on a person’s health.  Moulds produce allergens, that cause an allergic reaction, irritation and, sometimes […]

Premier League top scorers: Sergio Aguero catching Harry Kane in Golden Boot race

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero’s strong form has fired him into contention for the Premier League top scorer accolade – with Harry Kane next in his sights. The Argentine superstar was linked with a move away earlier in the season but looks fit, settled and raring to go as Pep Guardiola’s men continue to dominate […]

The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee

Our Apollo documentary is back, but you can catch up with parts 1, 2, and 3 quickly. Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) As inevitably happens in August, a sweltering heat with the tactility of dog’s breath had come over Houston […]