Most 2010 lists of major news will include the Gulf oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, the Republican midterm election sweep, and WikiLeaks. But we saw many events that also inspired or amazed or brought a smile. Here's our top 6 list.
Today's lithium-ion batteries may be too big for future electronics. A startup in California has developed paper-thin, flexible batteries that could be used in smart phones and other gadgets of the future.
Researchers have developed a sponge-like silicon they say could be safely used to store energy in batteries. Using this silicon in smartphone batteries, for instance, could allow batteries to last 30 percent longer than traditional lithium-ion batteries.
Tesla Motors gigafactory will produce more lithium-ion batteries per year by 2020 than all that were built globally last year, according to the company. The $5 billion plan for a Tesla Motors gigafactory is a big bet on an evolving energy technology that is vital to the carmaker's future.
General Motors is developing an electric car that can go 200 miles on a charge and would cost $30,000, The Wall Street Journal reports. The car would compete with luxury carmaker Tesla Motors, which plans to roll out its more affordable Model E late in 2016.
The FAA still needs to approve the results of the test flight and certify the battery system. Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has been grounded since mid-January because of smoldering batteries.
Boeing plan includes redesign of lithium batteries as well as Dreamliner battery compartment to reduce risk of fires. Boeing plans to lay out its proposal to the FAA.