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    Supercapacitor battery charges in seconds, lasts a week

    December 30, 2016

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    Breakthroughs in battery technology are becoming increasingly common these days, a manifestation of years of multi-billion dollar R&D investments focused on advanced materials science in hot pursuit of a compact, renewable energy sources by the world’s automobile and electronics makers.

    The latest advance is a battery that charges in seconds and holds a charge for a week, a University of Central Florida development that could one day replace lithium-ion batteries.The new battery is highly flexible and measures a fraction of the size of a lithium-ion battery.

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      Toyota’s on track with new lithium battery technology

      December 29, 2016

      History of lithium superionic conductors – PhysOrg

      Toyota and the Tokyo Institute of Technology and High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) have reported a major advance in battery technology, in the form of new lithium-based superionic, solid-state, conductor materials.

      Toyota’s technology will allow the company to test various materials and battery structures, which is expected to be the basis of an improved electric vehicle in the next several years.

      The Energy Imperative

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        How to hack a good life despite endless power cuts

        December 28, 2016

        Living without electricity in today’s technological world is hard to imagine. But it’s becoming increasingly common, with regular communications and computer outages raising havoc with businesses and individuals, not to mention disrupting urban and rural transport systems.

        Like in the summer of 2016 when tens of thousands of Delta Airline passengers around the world were stranded for days by an Atlanta power outage that caused a global computer failure, halting all flights.

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          Polymer researchers make super-capacitor breakthrough

          supercapacitors at work

          Researchers in the UK have reported a breakthrough in super-capacitor development with the potential to revolutionize the recharging cycle for battery operated devices. The development, by Augmented Optics Ltd., is based on polymers used to make soft contact lenses. Very high energy density super-capacitors could make it possible to recharge mobile phones, laptops or other mobile devices in just a few seconds.

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            MIT printing technique enables flexible circuit stamping

            Functional features at nanoscale dimensions.

            An alternative to photolithography?

            An alternative to photolithography?

            To create electronic devices like those in today’s mobile phones requires complex chemical and physical processes, not unlike those used to capture and develop images with film-based cameras.

            Smart devices start with a series of etched circuit images projected onto a silicon photolithic surface that is then sucessively submerged in a series of chemical, metal, and acid ‘developer’ baths that take away layers of extraneous metal and silicon – and everything that isn’t, say, a microprocessor.

            Entrepreneurship

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              How tech’s lack of empathy is demonizing Silicon Valley

              A scene from the HBO series Silicon Valley

              A scene from the HBO series ‘Silicon Valley’

              Silicon Valley is in danger of becoming the next ‘Wall Street,’ the villainous epicenter of America’s heartless financial industry – a magnet for ambitious bankers bound for greed and glory.

              So concludes Om Malik, the highly respected founder and former senior writer for GigaOM, now a partner in the San Francisco venture capital firm True Ventures, writing in this week’s The New Yorker.

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                Similar to graphene, new material scales like silicon

                InSe moleculeResearchers in the UK have developed a new ultra-thin material, Indium Selenide (InSe), that has silicon-like semiconductor properties that make it ideal for creating super-fast electronic devices.

                InSe is similar to graphene, consisting of a naturally thin body that allows scaling at nanometre dimensions. Also similar to silicon, InSe has the properties of a semiconductor.

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                  Homage to Kickstarter at London Design Museum

                  There’s nothing like a visit to the art world to remind us that great design sometimes is kickstarted by mere strokes across space – by a genius.

                  Something like that happened in the UK when a young startup asked: 

                  What if you could use a box of crayons and brushes instead of a soldering iron to create circuits for components?

                  It turns out that you can, and Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint, a company launched on Kickstarter – is showing the way with a curious high-tech pencil box that allows makers and explorers of all ages to get creative building circuits using techniques that swap smoking-flux-and-lead for pens, brushes, and stencils.