Lithium

Drugs

The Long, Strange History of Psychotropic Drugs in America

From insane asylums to Lithium and Prozac to a future that may be increasingly about mushrooms and LSD.
Seth Ferranti
2.14.18
mineral wars

The Supply Chain Can’t Handle Skyrocketing Demand for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium is “the new gasoline,” but our mining infrastructure isn’t designed to handle the electric car revolution.
Louise Matsakis
10.11.17
mental health

I Lost My Mind at Age 16

An excerpt from author Jaime Lowe's new book 'MENTAL: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind.'
Jaime Lowe
10.10.17
mental health

Should We Be Putting Lithium in Our Water?

Trace amounts of the element has been linked to lower levels of crime and suicide.
Jesse Hicks
10.5.17
environment

The Periodic Table of iPhone Elements

Some of the minerals in your iPhone threaten both the environment and human rights.
Madison Margolin
11.29.16
samsung

Researchers Create See Through Batteries to See Why They Explode

Daniel Oberhaus
10.22.16
Power

The Quest for Solar Batteries, the Holy Grail of Clean Energy

Storing the sun is a tall order, but probably the only one that can help us move forward with solar energy.
Meredith Rutland Bauer
10.17.16
Instagram

Whatever Happened to Klout?

The influence-measuring algorithm is still very much alive, but in a different form.
Rachel Pick
2.19.16
Motherboard Blog

Meet Lithium, the Future's Most Important Mineral

Once instrumental in curbing mood disorders, it's now an integral component in batteries for everything from iPhones to electric cars. No mineral is more important to tomorrow—and this quick guide will get you acquainted.
Mclean Gordon
7.11.13
Motherboard Blog

Wyoming's Lithium Jackpot Will Help Us Build the Batteries of the Future

Scientists have discovered a single lithium deposit that could meet the entire nation's annual demand.
Brian Merchant
5.4.13
Stuff

Pothead vs. Pillhead

I've been self-medicating mental illness with weed for almost a decade.
Caitlin Thornton
2.24.12