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Technology Nobel Prize in chemistry recognizes work on lithium-ion batteries that power our lives

22:15  09 october  2019
22:15  09 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The recipients of the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry are pretty charged up.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Akira Yoshino is one of three scientists being honored for work on the lithium-ion battery. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Akira Yoshino is one of three scientists being honored for work on the lithium-ion battery. Getty Images

That is, this year's winner are the scientists behind the lithium-ion battery. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is giving John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino the award for creating a "rechargeable world," according to a statement Wednesday.

a statue of a man and a woman standing in front of a crowd: Akira Yoshino is one of three scientists being honored for work on the lithium-ion battery.© CNET

Akira Yoshino is one of three scientists being honored for work on the lithium-ion battery.

"They have laid the foundation of a wireless, fossil fuel-free society, and are of the greatest benefit to humankind," according to a statement, which also noted that lithium-ion batteries are in everything from phone to laptops to electric vehicles.

The recipients will receive 9 million Swedish krona, roughly  $904,000, and you know, bragging rights.

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