Battery 2,000 times more powerful, recharges 1,000 times faster (2013)

University of Illinois, 3D porous microstructure lithium-ion battery

The graphic illustrates a high power battery technology from the University of Illinois. Ions flow between three-dimensional micro-electrodes in a lithium ion battery.

This is a whole new way to think about batteries. A battery can deliver far more power than anybody ever thought. In recent decades, electronics have gotten small. The thinking parts of computers have gotten small. And the battery has lagged far behind. This is a microtechnology that could change all of that. Now the power source is as high-performance as the rest of it.

– William P. King, the Bliss Professor of mechanical science and engineering.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable batteries.

We’re getting closer to Billg Gates challenge, but seems there hasn’t been much done since.


49ers make Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid player in NFL with 5-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers are all in on Jimmy Garoppolo, making the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL on Thursday with a five-year, $137.5 million deal, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Garoppolo, 26, was in the final year of his rookie contract when he was traded by the New England Patriots in October to the 49ers for a second-round draft pick. After spending time on the sideline, Garoppolo took over as a starter for the last five games of the year and led the 49ers to a 5-0 record over the span with seven touchdowns and five interceptions.


I’m not going to often post about sports here, but this is going to be seen as an even better decision in retrospect which is rare. I think Garoppolo will do really well in San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan, and was a fan of his going through college. The same can be said with Deshaun Watson and all things went as they did, and I can’t help but wonder how the Houston Texans would look if they picked Garoppolo instead of Xavier Sua’Filo in the 2nd round. Sua’Filo has been serviceable and we needed O-Line help, but I (in my truest couch-coach form) believed they had a higher quarterback need at the position after what happened with Schaub in 2012.

Why the team went into rebuild mode is anyone’s guess, the only one being they didn’t believe in most of the QBs except for Tom Savage, which I’m okay with. He seemed to have everything on the practice field which is the only way to judge a player’s skill when they’re not playing in games.

I meant for this to be a short post, but the subject can get involved when one begins explaining their following of a sport. I’m also probably trying to make time go by more quickly until we see DW4 again next season. I wish Case Keenum had made a deeper run with the Vikings, but the Eagles ultimately won in a fantastic game so good on them.

Quantum Poetics: Why physics can’t get rid of metaphor

Popular science writing is an act of translation. This is true especially in writing about physics, whose mathematical language is far from everyday speech. But the industry of physics writing might promise more than it can deliver, particularly when it tries to offer descriptions of fundamental physical reality that, so we are sometimes told, dispel the illusions we get from ordinary experience. As with translating literary works from their original language into another, we need to ask the question of translatability — of whether and how a concept or theory in physics can be rendered in ordinary language. Straightforward description may be more elusive than we assume.

Source: Quantum Poetics: Why physics can’t get rid of metaphor