July 05, 2010
Squashed Batteries

Scientists have announced the discovery of a material which could some day become the heart of a "battery of the future." By subjecting a common crystal mineral normally used to etch silicon conductors to gigantic pressures, they created a new substance which chemically stored all that energy in the bonds used to create it.

Me, I see two problems: 1) diamond anvils don't sound cheep, and the process required to produce the stuff doesn't sound very fast, and 2) getting energy out of something this power-dense without it getting all explode-y is going to be a neat trick. Still, it does seem to have potential.

Posted by scott at July 05, 2010 08:18 AM

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Well, it might make a great explosive if nothing else. I expect Q to be handing 007 a collar stay made of the stuff in the next Bond movie.

Where will we get all the xenon we need? Oh well. If gasoline were invented today, it'd never get approved.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins on July 5, 2010 11:32 AM
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