Stuart Lipoff

The obituary of inventor Lewis Urry, whose breakthrough creation has powered millions of products, appeared just a couple days before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled another version of Urry's technical passion. Both events were pointed reminders about our reliance on portable power. Urry, a Union Carbide chemical engineer, is considered the father of the long-life alkaline battery. The CSPC recall of one million Kyocera mobile phones because of potentially explosive batteries is the agency's third such action this year and involves a newer breed of portable energy. Of course, there was no connection (except timing) between the inventor's death at

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