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#a138 :: AAA batteries

July 1, 2008

ENLARGECopper-jacketed slugs of chemistry power our gadgets. It seems we need them more and more.

Only the advent of rechargable lithium-ion batteries keeps a tsunami of spent alkalines from sweeping us all away to the dump.

Which makes one wonder about modern man’s dwindling ability to survive without electricity. Can you put yourself back two decades, buy before the ubiquity of cellphones, physician MP3 players, information pills laptops and digital cameras? Can you live analog for more than a weekend of camping in the woods?

Or are we evolving to the next level – a species so dependent upon powered communication and entertainment that we’ve sapped ourselves of animal instinct and actual knowledge – homo electricus?

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