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The online car service said the court should dismiss the lawsuit as the victim had sued the wrong party
Uber has asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an alleged rape victim in India’s capital, Delhi, saying the ride-sharing company could not be held legally responsible for the driver’s acts.
The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with the Uber driver in Delhi in early December, sued the online car service in a US federal court in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.
Windows XP is officially gone but its server companions Windows Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2 live – just not for much longer. Mainstream support for the server duo ended on 13 July 2010 but the expiration of extended support is now just three months away: 14 July 2015.…
This may look like a scrap of kitchen foil, but it’s actually a new kind of aluminum battery that could out-perform the lithium-ion cells in your smartphone.
Developed by chemists from Stanford, the new battery swaps out lithium from the cell in favor of aluminum. In the past, aluminum batteries have failed fast, managing just 100 recharge cycles before they start to degrade.
The new cell uses aluminum for it anode—the negatively charged electrode in the battery—and graphite for the positive cathode. The whole lot sits inside a salt, liquid at room temperature, which acts as the electrolyte. The resulting cells can undergo 7,500 recharge cycles without losing capacity—far better than old aluminum cells, and in fact better than li-on batteries that usually begin to suffer after 1,000 cycles.
The battery can also charge incredibly quickly, reaching full capacity within a minute. Compared to li-on batteries they’re also rather more robust, too: the “new battery won’t catch fire, even if you drill through it,” said Stanford chemistry professor Dai Hongjie, who created the cell, in a press release.
There are, however, some downsides. First, the cells can only muster 2 volts across their electrodes—just over 50 percent of the voltage that li-on batteries can provide. Nor do they pack energy into themselves as efficiently, managing to store just 40 watts of electricity per kilogram, compared to 200 or so for li-on batteries.
Neither of those are deal breakers. Tweaks to the electrode design could boost voltage, and speedy charging may in fact be more desirable than absolute energy capacity for a given size. But for now, it’s at least interesting to know that a lackluster battery technology may yet prove incredibly useful. [Stanford via Engadget]
Consistently, one of the more popular stocks people enter into their stock options watchlist at Stock Options Channel is Oracle Corp. . So this week we highlight one interesting put contract, and one interesting call contract, from the September expiration for ORCL.