Researchers at USC have made some progress in improving lithium ion batteries, with tests suggesting a three-fold increase in energy storage and fast recharge times. Their technology is…well..honestly, the description had too many ‘nano’ items in it and that made me a bit skeptical…it’s a bit of a media buzzword that I grow wary of. But, well, here goes. They used nanoparticles, nanospheres, nanowires, and nanotubes (naturally). Yeah. Well, if you want to juicy technological details of how they did it, follow this link. The most important thing to realize is that this is just one of many efforts being made to improve battery technology…and there are a LOT of competing teams of scientists and engineers getting really close to bringing this to your home. Expect vastly improved batteries in a matter of just a few years (if that).