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ROCHESTER NEXT . COM JAMES WARREN/ GANNETT ILLUSTRATION RUNTIME + W hat started as an idea a decade ago might lead to cell phone batteries with better performance. h Ryne Raffaelle and B rian Landi, two researchers with battery expertise at Rochester Institute of Technology, believe they’ve found a w ay to make batteries smaller, lighter and able to hold a charge longer. The pair is using nanotechnology to change s ome of the basic elements inside lithium-ion batteries, the batteries inside our cell phones, tablets and laptops. h The research- e rs are using sheets of carbon nanotubes to replace the layers of metal found inside typical batteries. The nanotubes are in- Two RIT researchers are building better batteries KHRISTOPHER J BROOKS @AMERICANGLOW “You can think of those carbon nanotubes as like a highway for electrons. They’re extraordinarily good at conducting electricity.” RYNE RAFFAELLE RESEARCHER AT ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SeeBATTERIES,Page4E Democrat and Chronicle Sunday,October18,2015 “The United States is frittering away its role as a model for the rest of the world. The political s ystem is plagued by an absurd level of hatred, the economy is stagnating and the infrastructure is falling into amiserable state of disrepair. … “After a brilliant century and a terrible decade, the United States … has r eached a point in its history when the obvious can no longer be denied: The reality of life in America so greatly contradicts the claim — albeit one that has always been exaggerated — to be the 'greatest nation on Earth,' that even the most ardent patriots must be overcome with doubt.” T his was the view in 2012 from the leading German periodical Der Spiegel . As we begin the long process of decid- i ng who will lead us as commander in chief, we find ourselves in the longest w ar in the history of our country. You rarely hear a politician outraged by how we send our young women and men to die in these godforsaken places, with no clear mission, but cloak these efforts in the words of “humanitarianism, democracy, freedom and liber- t y.” The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that for every soldier who dies in battle, 25 commit suicide. According to a study released in June, our country is No. 1in incarcerat- ed citizens per capita. We’re also tops in defense spending, spending more than the next eight countries combined. But w e’re 17th in reading, 21st in science, 26th in math, 42nd in life expectancy and 169th in infant mortality. And there a re 26 nations ahead of us in median adult wealth (Australia is first). I was at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2012 visiting my nephew. As you tour the Yard, you are constantly reminded of the great sacrifice to preserve our freedom and American way of life. That year marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the first war ever d eclared by Congress. Historians tell us that we nearly lost the War of 1812 because we were not prepared. Eventually, decisive naval victories, none more important than the Battle of Lake Erie, saved our fledgling republic. The War of 1812 brought America together and led to an extended period of pros- p erity. Ihope we can pull together and right our ship. In Memorial Hall at the acad- e my there is a large placard of the dying command attributed to Cmdr. J ames Lawrence of the USS Chesapeake in 1813. As this 31-year-old officer breathed his last, he said, “Don’t give up the ship.” Good advice over 200 years later. I hope we can coalesce around “what” is right, and stop the vitriol around “who” is right. S o let’s get to work. Patrick Burke is managing principal of Burke Group in Brighton. He can be reached at PCBURKE61@gmail.com. Burke: America needs to right its ship PATRICK BURKE O UTSIDE INSIGHTS LeslieBamann AssistantVicePresident–BusinessBankingOfPcer CanandaiguaNationalBank&TrustBusinessBankingSolutions:morethanjustgreatproductsandservices. Weofferateamofbusinessbankers,specializedtechnicalsupport,quickloandecisions,anda 23 -ofPceretailnetwork. You’llalsoenjoy: We’vebeeninvestinginwaystobetterserveyourbusiness. • BusinessDebitCardwithCardCash ™ Rewards • WideRangeofCheckingAccountOptions • OnlineBankingwithCNBusinessBillPay • ComprehensiveBusinessFinancing • CashManagementSolutions • MobileDepositNowAvailable* Depositproducts—MemberFDIC* 50 ¢permobiledeposittobusinessdepositaccounts. CNBank.com/Business| (585)419-0670 CalltodayandaBusinessBankingProfessionalwilltailorapackagejustforyou.