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“Building a better battery is the holy grail for people who want better technology. Now researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they may have found that battery — or something close. But their claims have sparked controversy,” writes Moshe Buchele in their latest NPR article entitled “At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery.”

A little controversy is expected when you’re challenging the status quo.

We’d also argue that it applies to every industry. Agree?

Buchele continues that “at the center of this debate is a towering figure in the world of science – John Goodenough, who teaches material science at the university.”

So, how does Goodenough play a role in this improvement?

According to the NPR article, “In 1980, his work led to the invention of the lithium-ion battery — now crucial to powering everything from cellphones and laptops to electric cars. For a lot of people, that would probably be enough. But at 94 years old, he's still at it.”

You read correctly. He’s 94 years old and still changing the world.

“Now, Goodenough and his team say they've created a new battery that may store up to five times more power than current ones. And, even better, such a battery would charge and recharge in a matter of minutes — all without exploding,” explains Buchele.

Goodenough’s team’s new invention could change the way we power everything, from how, to how long.

Accomplish a feat like this and anything is possible. The results would be exponential and influence innovation across all industries.