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  • Exploding headphone batteries cause scare on Beijing to Melbourne flight

    16 March 2017

    A woman’s headphones caused disruption on a flight to Australia after they exploded when she fell asleep listening to music. The unidentified passenger awoke two hours later when she began to feel a burning sensation on her face, according to a release from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). She suffered burns to her face and hands in the incident. ...

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  • Tesla electric car crash explosion reignites debate about battery safety

    21 February 2017

    A Tesla Model S electric car crash in Indianapolis on 3 November 2016 that killed its two occupants has  raised further questions about whether Tesla’s electric car technology, and indeed wider lithium-ion battery technology, is safe, according to an NBC News report....

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  • Three killed and seven injured in explosion at Louisiana paper mill

    10 February 2017

    Packaging Corp of America said an explosion at its DeRidder, Louisiana, paper mill resulted in the death of three contract workers on February 7, with seven others confirmed injured. The incident occurred while annual repair work was being carried out on piping in the mill area, the company said....

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  • Philippines furniture factory fire injures more than one hundred workers, with six missing

    03 February 2017

    A major fire at a Philippine factory complex which broke out on February 1 has injured at least 126 workers, according to Cavite province Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla, with a further six unaccounted for. The six hectare site in General Trias town, south of Manila, was still ablaze two days later but firefighters said they hoped to have dowsed the flames by nightfall....

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires caused by battery design flaws and manufacturing defects

    24 January 2017

    Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions were caused by defects in the smartphone's battery, and the company has now released details of its investigation into the issue.The South Korean tech giant said that leading industry consultancy groups UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland also conducted investigations into the problem....

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US university team develops li-ion battery with inbuilt fire extinguisher 18 January 2017

Researchers from Stanford University in the USA have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material which is released if the battery gets too hot. The battery contains a shell containing the flame retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) which melts when the temperature reaches 150C, releasing the chemical compound. ...

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UK company claims to have opened door to ultra-efficient alternative to batteries 09 January 2017

High-density supercapacitors could offer an alternative to batteries thanks to newly discovered materials that could allow the technology to proliferate commercially. This technology is already powering buses in China but relatively inefficiently. Augmented Optics Ltd is claiming its new polymer technology could make supercapacitors much more efficient, revolutionising operations across a number of industries. ...

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Deal secured to keep Tata Steel’s Port Talbot steel plant open, UK unions say 07 December 2016

A deal to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK has been made with Tata Steel, trade union sources have confirmed. This follows talks involving representatives from Community, Unite and the GMB at the Port Talbot steelworks on December 7....

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South Carolina plastics plant explosion kills at least one 07 December 2016

A blast at the DAK Americas plant at Gaston in Lexington County, SC, killed at least one worker and injured several others, the local coroner’s office said. The plant makes a range of fibre, plastic and resins and has 430 employees....

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Fire at explosives factory could have killed more than 18 in South India 02 December 2016

Reports on December 2 in local media said at least 18 people were dead after a fire and blast at an explosives factory near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu the previous day. The fire started in one of four manufacturing units at the factory and caused a huge explosion, which could be heard 5km from the factory and created panic in the surrounding area. ...

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