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Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 11 August 2006 11:22

From ScienCentral:

As our portable devices get more high-tech, the batteries that power them can seem to lag behind. But Joel Schindall and his team at M.I.T. plan to make long charge times and expensive replacements a thing of the past--by improving on technology from the past.

They turned to the capacitor, which was invented nearly 300 years ago. Schindall explains, "We made the connection that perhaps we could take an old product, a capacitor, and use a new technology, nanotechnology, to make that old product in a new way."

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Nanotube filaments on the battery's electrodes
Image:MIT/Riccardo Signorelli

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