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    1. At 97, Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer John Goodenough Says His Work Is Not Done

      At 97, Lithium-Ion Battery Pioneer John Goodenough Says His Work Is Not Done

      Without fail, the name John Goodenough crops up during Nobel Prize season. Many scientists believe he’s deserving of chemistry’s top honor. The University of Texas at Austin materials scientist is credited with developing a material that led to mass commercialization of lithium-ion batteries, the technology that powers our smartphones, laptops, electric vehicles, and other gadgets big and small. Though Goodenough, aged 97, hasn’t yet won a Nobel Prize, he’s not mired down by what could have been. He is renowned for his scientific accomplishments, warm personality, and infectious laugh.

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    2. Renewable Energy: Obama Offers $1 billion in Loan Guarantees for Innovations

      Renewable Energy: Obama Offers $1 billion in Loan Guarantees for Innovations

      Renewable and energy storage organizations are praising the initiative. Matt Roberts of the Energy Storage Association says the effort will “definitely have an impact as DOE both brings financial resources and offers technical expertise to support these projects.” Roberts says the program will help innovative companies bridge the gap between venture capital investment when they are at the early idea stage and conventional lending that banks are more willing to extend to more mature, market-ready businesses.

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