Highlights from the AAAS: Batteries out of Paper, Order out of Chaos

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5 Responses to “Highlights from the AAAS: Batteries out of Paper, Order out of Chaos”

  1. Roy Trumbull says:

    Edison had some real problems with lead-acid batteries. They were cheap enough but loaded with failure modes. He pioneered the nickel steel battery with alkaline chemistry. The battery outlasted the equipment it was used in. After his initial product was on the market he pulled it and 50,000 experiments later started making an improved version.
    I doubt that the battery we’re looking for will be derivative of anything we have now. It will take someone like Edison with a clean sheet of paper and an insight into the physics and chemistry involved. The properties of nano materials might give us a fresh crack at it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    FTA:- “as you make their surfaces more and more rough, the nanowires conduct less and less thermal energy”

    Would that be because there is less surface area touching the other wires/objects and so less heat is being conducted than before?

  3. Grey Devil says:

    There’s a typo towards the end: “If you were building a piece of find furniture” with the error being Find = Fine.

    Anyways, i’d never thought about the whole method of taking data and averaging them out. Newton was definitely a pioneer and a genius, not that we didnt know that already.

  4. robcat2075 says:

    Cool how just a little bit too-red lips on Isaac up there makes him look like a very unaware modern cross-dresser.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Today, I’m hitting one lecture on sustainable farming—by a Monsanto researcher, no less…

    Wow, that should be interesting. Not to sound like too much of a tin-foil hat wearing paranoid, but in my reading of things Monsanto comes as close to embodying the Hollywood stereotype of “Mega Evil Corporation” as anything else of which I’m aware.

    It’ll be interesting to see how they play into “sustainability,” given the solid evidence that the intensive farming techniques their products encourage have been shown to be anything but sustainable.

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