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Artist Albert Robida imagined in 1882 how air travel might look in future. Everett Historical/Shutterstock

How will we travel the world in 2050?

More than a century since humans learned to fly, we need to revolutionise how we stay up there.
Lithium-ion batteries power lots of different kinds of devices. Transport Canada

How do lithium-ion batteries work?

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewarded crucial advances in these small, powerful, easy to charge batteries.
Building an electric airplane is very different from building an electric car or truck. Venkat Viswanathan

Why aren’t there electric airplanes yet?

The battery technology and cooling systems needed for electric aircraft to lift people and cargo are getting closer to reality, but they're still very different from electric cars and trucks.
With the right settings, Labor’s new scheme could benefit householders as well as the grid itself. Shutterstock.com

Labor’s battery plan – good policy, or just good politics?

Federal Labor has promised to give rebates of up to $2,000 to 100,000 households to install batteries to store power from solar panels. Is this good energy policy, or just middle-class welfare?
Research is finding better ways to make batteries both big and small. Romaset/Shutterstock.com

New materials are powering the battery revolution

Is it too much to dream of batteries that are part of the structure of an item, helping to shape the form of a smartphone, car or building while also powering its functions?

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