Lithium, Periodic Table

When Lithium Became the Anode


Lithium is dangerous stuff. The nucleus of lithium, consisting of three protons and three or four neutrons, verges on instability; it has the lowest binding energies holding the nucleus together of all the stable elements. That’s why lithium deuteride is the fusion fuel in some thermonuclear bombs. Lithium salts are used to treat bipolat disorder.…

Outbursts from the sun, such as this one captured by a NASA satellite in June 2015, can wreak havoc with power grids and telecommunications on Earth. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory and NASA

Something Different to Worry About


You say you’ve got enough stuff to worry about already? Trump? Climate change? Volcanoes? Health care? But don’t you get tired of the same old crises and threats? Wouldn’t you like something new to worry about? Of course you would! And WC is happy to share. You need to worry about solar superstorms. True, we…

Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters, San Diego, California

Getting Geeky: Qualcomm’s Crimes


It’s a been a while since WC wallowed in some geekiness. This is admittedly a long post, and involves both geeky law and technogeekery. But this will affect every cell phone in the United States and most of the phones abroad. Here we go: Qualcomm is a San Diego, California-based microchip manufacturer. For more than…

Intel Inside

Intel’s Intel


So as it turns out, Intel has a secret computer inside your computer. At least if you have an Intel Central Processing Unit (CPU) in your computer; you know, Intel Inside™. The marketing slogan turns out to have more than one meaning. It’s called the Intel Management Engine, the IME, and it has been included…

The National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. (Credit: NSA)

Getting Off the NOBUS Bus


The National Security Administration has two cyber missions: attacking foreign cyber systems to gather intelligence and defending U.S. cyber systems from attacks by third parties, both foreign governments and criminals. There’s an inherent conflict of interest in those dual responsibillities when the NSA discovers a critical bug in widely-used software like Microsoft Windows. Does NSA…