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ANALYSIS: Boeing 787's lithium-ion scare repeats familiar pattern in battery technology

A battery scare has gripped the aviation industry. Normally unfamiliar terms such as "over-discharge" and "thermal runaway" are on the lips of industry insiders and the public alike. When aviation executives meet with journalists, the first question is always devoted to which chemistry is inside their aircraft battery. US regulators are deeply alarmed about battery overheating and fires, but do not yet fully understand the problem or what to do about it.

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