IS IT DARK IN THERE?
Apple Looks Into Nanotubes But You Sure Do Not Want Them In Your Lungs
Is Apple peering into nanotube battery tech? So said some recent reports. This could be quite exciting, as some of what I’ve read implies that CNT (Carbon Nanotube) batteries could have five times the storage capacity of current lithium-ion technology.
Of course, “could have” is always a tricky little bit. Maybe Apple’s guys, whoever they are, have accomplished that. If so, it’s gonna be a brand new world for our devices, isn’t it? But even if it turns out that CNT only doubles current capacity, that would still be a reason to buy, buy, buy, wouldn’t it?
I would think it’s a safe bet that Apple isn’t the only one testing CNT batteries. I just happened to read about Apple first. Unfortunately, I also read some disturbing information. It seems that CNT’s act like asbestos if they find their way into your lungs. That is not cool.
Yes, I know, very few of my readers grind up their used batteries and mix the powder with their whacky-tobaccy. But there are reasons to be concerned about fun new pollutants finding their way into our landfills. It seems CNT’s can be recycled, though I didn’t dig into the details because I think it’s more important to make sure they will be recycled safely.
The time to impose laws on this is now. Apple and perhaps others may be very close to releasing the CNT Krakens. I propose a deposit-style tax on any mass CNT usage. I don’t know if CNT’s can be tagged to identify the manufacturer, but if they can, they should be so that he who sells it is forever responsible for getting it back into their capitalistic hands,
As I’ve said elsewhere, I think we should be doing this with all harmful crap: plastics, chemicals, all of it. Make the manufacturer responsible and not the user. Let them handle that however they want, deposits, buybacks, whatever, but keep pollution out of our environment as much as possible.
If we had done this earlier in our polluting years, how much better off would we be today?