How Supercapacitors Could Make Batteries a Thing of the Past

How Supercapacitors Could Make Batteries a Thing of the Past

Researchers recently and quite accidentally discovered something that could change the whole electric car ballgame. If their predictions are accurate, we could one day live in a world where cars can be fully charged in minutes instead of hours, and their power storage units would last decades instead of years. What is this tantalizing breakthrough…

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Since the early 1900s, researchers have been working on ways to turn radioactive material into an electric current that lasts.. for decades. Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking about nuclear batteries! This class of batteries is known as betavoltaics, and they’re powered by the beta-decay of a radioactive material—hence the name. Beta particles are basically just…

These Strange Metals Could Make Electronics Perfectly Efficient

These Strange Metals Could Make Electronics Perfectly Efficient

Want 100% efficiency electronics? How about levitating transportation? Faster supercomputers? Duh-duh-nuh-nuh!!! Superconductors to the rescue! As long as the world you live in is close to absolute zero, that is. See, superconductors are materials with all of these amazing potential applications…but the conditions required for them to work are pretty extreme. It’s gonna take a…