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The group that last year gave the world the unexplodable lithium battery is back, this time using a combination of nanotubes, sulfur and an electrolyte additive to achieve what they say is a tenfold improvement in capacity. In particular, the group, led by Stanford University’s Yi Cui, believes the sulfur-coated carbon …


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  1. hplasm Silver badge


    Wot The Phuck.

    next- El Reg in txt spk.

    1. Steen Hive


      Colonial spelling always looks so lazy and uncouth. It's rather irksome when switching to 'en-GB' is so easy these days.

      1. Elmer Phud Silver badge

        You won't be using them 'cos they are spelt rong?

        1. hplasm Silver badge


          More likely due to the $1=£1 thing; even if they come from PRC.

          And they will probably be the rong Colour...

    2. Mike Richards Silver badge

      Blame the chemists

      Sulfur is the correct, internationally-agreed spelling for element 16. To quote the mad-book:

      'IUPAC adopted the spelling sulfur in 1990, as did the Royal Society of Chemistry Nomenclature Committee in 1992.[43] The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England and Wales recommended its use in 2000,[44] and it now appears in GCSE exams.[45] The Oxford Dictionaries note that "In chemistry... the -f- spelling is now the standard form in all related words in the field in both British and US contexts"[46]'


      If it makes you happier, it's a one-all draw as the internationally agreed spelling for element 13 is 'aluminium'.

      1. hplasm Silver badge

        IUPAC- Isn't he dead?

        Anyway, IUPAC can go and hang out with their friends the 'Pluto- Dwarf Planet' lot.


  2. Mips

    If it is so good -

    - what happens if they use silicon and sulphur at the same time?

    1. Steve Knox


      SiS try that...?

  3. petur
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    I don't want this in a research paper

    I want this in my devices. Now.

  4. James Pickett

    What's sulfur - a sort of animal hair?

    1. David Dawson

      Don't be silly

      Its a type of aluminum that's been thru a process that washes it in a liter of gas to make it the color yellow.

      There's an eggplant in there somewhere too.

    2. Graham Dawson

      It's the long and curly outer coat of the Lesser American Lingual Sully. The Lingual Sully (Soliens Lingua Destructor) also known as the Typographical Sully, the Dictionary Eater and the Vowel Vermine, is a tiny mammal approximately seven eighths of an inch from nose to tail, covered in tightly wound fur often referred to as "sulfur", which is capable of expanding by some thirty thousand times, making the Sully appear to be a huge elephant in the room. Its primary habitat is libraries, where it has a peculiar habit of eating ink from the pages of books, leaving a trail of misspellings and typographical errors in its wake. By "sullying language" in this way it earned its primary name. It is also sometimes referred to as Websters Muse.

      Related Species

      S. Apostrosplatidown (aka Grocer's S'ully)

      S. Dinkum Justii (The Australian Sully)

      S. Puerlargum Innitii (The Essex Sully)

  5. Silverburn

    Nanotubes... there nothing they can't do...

    oh wait - there is...where the f* is my space elevator???

  6. Code Monkey


    You'll find it's spelt "sulphur".

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      > You'll find it's spelt "sulphur".

      What? I kind of wheat'n'brimstone loaf of bread sort of thing?

      I always thought it was "spelled" sulphur.

      1. Code Monkey

        Spelt and spelled are both correct.

  7. zedee

    I sympathise with the above posters entirely - sulphur it shall always be.

    Except if you ask IUPAC and the RSC. Tossers.

    1. Jolyon

      On 24 November 2000 the Royal Society of Chemistry issued this press release, which accepts sulfur as the standard form, and which is presumably the base for the COD’s recommendation in 2001:

      Sulphur or sulfur?

      An internationally agreed nomenclature is essential for science. This ensures that scientists can communicate with each other clearly, and consistent nomenclature is increasingly important as scientific information is searched electronically. For chemistry the standards are agreed by IUPAC [International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry]. In 1990 it was recommended by IUPAC that the spelling of sulfur would use ‘f’ instead of ‘ph’ and at the same time the spellings aluminium and caesium were recommended instead of aluminum and cesium (the spellings in common use in the USA). Interestingly, in 18th and 19th century Britain it was commonplace for sulfur to be spelt with either an ‘f’ or ‘ph’.

    2. hplasm Silver badge

      Bloody RSC!

      Keep your thespian noses out of out testubes!

  8. Chris Miller


    Get used to it - it's now the official spelling of the Royal Society of Chemistry (and arguably the correct one - the ph was a false assumption that there was a Greek root, which never existed).

    1. hplasm Silver badge


      Brimstone. Avoid confusion.

  9. wiggers

    Koomey's Law

    Saw this yesterday showing that one day increasing battery power should meet decreasing CPU power requirements:

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Speaking of made up Greek connections, nano is a Greek prefix meaning "difficult to manufacture and therefore prohibitively expensive".

    Battery life isn't much of an issue for the common use in shiny, shiny toys: they only need to last as long as the warranty so stupid and short-sighted consumers have to pay to replace them.

    It's only a big issue for important stuff.

    1. Steve Knox

      Nano: "difficult to manufacture and therefore prohibitively expensive".

      ... which is why it features prominently in Apple's product line.

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