Afghanistan was thought to be a hardscrabble wasteland good for producing little more than opium—that is until a gang of American geologists working from old Soviet maps uncovered a variety of mineral deposits thought to be rich enough to radically alter our whole concept of Afghanistan and the war to control it.
The largest recall in consumer electronics history just got bigger, with both Toshiba and Lenovo (ThinkPad) announcing the recall of products containing a potentially explosive Sony-made battery. With Dell, Apple and Sony recalls already underway, this latest announcement brings the total number of affected laptops to 7 million.
In the mad rush to make our gadgets go, a battery manufacturer’s slight oversight could lead to disastrous consequences, as in the recent recall of 6 million Sony laptop batteries prone to explosion and fire. Lithium-ion batteries, the kind used in many electronic devices because of their power efficiency, are especially vulnerable to this kind of problem.