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The future: Batteries with indefinite lifespan

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been known around the tech community as being ahead of the curve, but what it has achieved in partnership with Samsung may be the beginning of a revolution. MIT and Samsung recently announced they have found a way to make batteries with an “indefinite” lifespan by replacing an existing liquid electrolyte substance with solid electrolyte material.

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Faculty/staff: Computer store’s “grand relocation” event Sept. 28

Join the K-State Student Union Computer Store as we celebrate our relocation with Apple Account Executive Dan Senstock. Senstock will present sessions on Apple’s mobility strategy with the iPad and how it is beginning to change our higher education campuses. “The Future of Academics” Reception and iPad Demo sessions are scheduled 9:30-11 a.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Room 212 of the K-State Student Union.

These duplicate sessions are open to all faculty/staff at K-State. RSVP by noon Monday, Sept. 27, to 785-532-7202 or akagdis@k-state.eduEach session will include:

  • Hands-on demos
  • Refreshments
  • Door prizes
  • Giveaways

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“Finding your passion” author presentation Sept. 30

Sir Ken Robinson, bestselling author and professor emeritus of Warwick University in the U.K., will present “The Element: How finding your passion changes everything” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in McCain Auditorium. This event is open to all K-Staters. Free tickets can be obtained at the McCain Box Office and also during noon hours in the K-State Student Union’s ticket office near the Little Theatre.

According to the event webpage, “Sharing the personal stories of well-known high achievers, Sir Ken illustrates how ‘finding our passion’ helps us to meet the challenges of succeeding in the 21st century.” This event is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Spotlight: The Hunger Games

Hovercraft, weather control, and other forms of technology play a key role in The Hunger Games, a bestseller about a fight-to-the-death TV show — with unwilling “volunteers” — in the distant future of North America.

The K-State Book Network (KSBN) has chosen The Hunger Games as their focus book for Fall 2010. In addition, K-State faculty are incorporating it into their classes this fall using some technology of their own.

Part of the attraction may be today’s (Aug. 24) release of the third book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, which stands at #1 on Amazon.com’s Bestsellers list. Last night, the K-State Student Union Bookstore had a midnight release party to welcome the new book.

The second book, Catching Fire, was published in 2009 and is still #10 on Amazon’s list.