May 6, 2016
It’s a common assumption that if an accident happens in the lab, you can expect some hairy outcomes and serious consequences, but a recently unplanned event has resulted in a seemingly positive discovery. Chemists have now come across a system that is capable of making batteries last up to 400 times longer than even the best-performing options on the market today.
This new battery, which, instead of lithium, stores electricity in gold nanowires, would still need to be recharged, but would allow consumers to utilize them efficiently for over 200,000 charge cycles. To put this phenomenon into perspective, that’s about a lifetime use for products like phones, computers, cars, and spacecraft, too.
So what’s the problem?
The issue is that the researchers currently don’t know how the system actually…
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