LEDs are all the rage in lighting, but sometimes they don’t work very well. The Boston Globe reported today that PBS station WGBH’s "electronic mural" that entertains commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike is being switched off until cooler weather in September. Apparently, the LEDs go dark when they get too warm. The mural displays photos of WGBH’s TV shows and was turned on last November as part of the station’s new $85 million headquarters.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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