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Lithium ion batteries revolutionised the way we use, manufacture and charge our devices. They’re used to power mobile phones, laptops and even electric cars. Shutterstock

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here’s a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

M. Stanley Whittingham was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries – used to power mobile phones, laptops and electric cars.
Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer (from left to right on the screen) during a press conference held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on 14 October 2019. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

2019 Nobel Prize in Economics: the limits of the clinical trial method

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics pays tribute to randomized control trials, but can they really help us fight poverty?
Little is known about what’s happening in Mozambique’s labour market, except that jobs are scarce for young people. Shutterstock

Nobel prize in economics: experiments are no substitute for diagnosis

The 2019 Nobel Prize in economics recognises the contribution of practical experimental work to development, but the value of putting diagnosis before treatment shouldn’t be lost.
Austrian novelist Peter Handke (L) and Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk (R) have been named as winners for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 and 2018 respectively. EPA-EFE/Georg Hochmuth, Facundo Arrizabalaga

Nobel Prize: Milosevic ‘apologist’ award serves as a reminder that reform of the academy runs slowly

But the 2018 prize, which went to a Polish woman, shows that the Academy might at least be aiming for more diversity in its laureates.
After 117 years, a third woman won a physics Nobel. Alexander Mahmoud, © Nobel Media AB 2018

Why don’t more women win science Nobels?

Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
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.

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