Creating a Practical Nuclear Battery

Scientists at the University of Missouri (MU) have created a nuclear battery that can be used to supply energy to everything from electric cars to space flight.

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The World’s Smallest Battery

  Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a single miniature structure that includes all the components of a battery which they say could be the beginning of the ultimate micro energy storage component.   The device, known as a nanopore, is a tiny hole in a ceramic sheet that holds electrolyte to carry … Continue reading The World’s Smallest Battery

How to Make Your Own Pinball Game

  Pinball machines are some of the oldest arcade games in history. Dating back to the mid 1600s these games have evolved into the light flashing, ball bumping game we know today. The origins of pinball are intertwined with the history of many other games.   Games played outdoors by rolling balls or stones on … Continue reading How to Make Your Own Pinball Game

Alarm System Batteries

Your alarm system battery supplies your home alarm with the backup power it requires to operate the system during a power outage. Most alarm panels operate on 12-volts, and use one of the few different sizes of sealed lead-acid battery.   A security alarm battery drops to about 80% or less of its original rated … Continue reading Alarm System Batteries

Make Your Own Hydrogen Fuel Cell

A fuel cell is a cell that produces an electric current directly from a chemical reaction. hydrogen fuel cell is capable of producing electricity without any pollution because the only byproduct is pure water.   Hydrogen fuel cells are the most common, used in spacecraft and other areas where there is a specific need for … Continue reading Make Your Own Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Bio-Batteries, A Step Closer to Clean Energy

  Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) are a step closer to enhancing the generation of clean energy from bacteria.   A recently published report shows how electrons hop across otherwise electrically insulating areas of bacterial proteins, and that the rate of electron transfer is dependent on the orientation and proximity of electrically … Continue reading Bio-Batteries, A Step Closer to Clean Energy

Child Proof Batteries

  A Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) led team has developed a simple “coat of armor” to encase small batteries, making them harmless if they are swallowed. Children, mainly infants and young toddlers, can ingest small batteries, leading to serious damage to their esophagus as well as other stomach tissue, sometimes even leading to death. … Continue reading Child Proof Batteries

Improving Battery Performance is as Simple as a Day at the Beach

  Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times, with the addition of common sand.   "This is the holy grail -- a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to produce high performance lithium ion battery anodes," … Continue reading Improving Battery Performance is as Simple as a Day at the Beach