MIT researchers discover new energy source

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    CNN) -- It's so tiny, you can't see it with the naked eye.

    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered an energy source that you can see only through a microscope.

    The researchers devised a process for generating electricity using nanotechnology. They plan to refine the process in hopes of creating a new environmentally friendly battery, among other products.

    It works like this: Researchers used tiny wires, known as carbon nanotubes, to create a powerful wave of energy, according to Michael Strano, and MIT associate professor of chemical engineering. He is also the senior author of a paper on this new phenomenon, published in this week's Nature Materials journal.

    After coating these tiny wires with a layer of fuel, Strano said his team generated a so-called thermopower wave and stumbled across a reaction that may eventually be used to power electronics, computers and cell phones.

    "This could lead to batteries that are up to 10 times smaller and still have the same power output. In the portable energy and energy conservation arena, we're trying to find power sources that have a smaller profile but hold more energy," Strano told CNN Radio.

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    Carbon nanotubes are to the 21st century, what silicon chips were to the 20th century.
     
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    Yep.

    Considering the weight/power output ratio of these batteries, it can't be far off from electric sports cars that can go over 400 miles.

    Time to go green!
     
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    We will have solar panels that will be 60-70% efficient, smaller batteries for cars, and best of all, a decentralization of the power supply.
     
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    Looks promising. But let's actually see practical application and costs before we jump too far ahead of the cart.
     
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    Amazing what man is able to come up with.

    Didn't they close down the patent office a hundred years or so ago figuring we'd maxed out on inventions?
     
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    You know, my personal belief is that God placed gas and oil in places where we could get to it, which would lead to industry and technology.

    We are then supposed to take that technology and industry and advance it to where we can utilize renewable (wind, solar, geothermal, bio-fuel), building on what we've learned from previous inventions.

    Oil is a finite resource, weather and the sun aren't.
     
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    Can you imagine what Steve Jobs and Apple would do with this?
     
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    You know.......take this one step farther.........

    Remember a couple of years where a company came out with computers that could hook up to the internet, cost around 250 (laptop) and could be powered by a hand crank (provided)?

    Imagine what batteries like this could do, you'd almost be able to recharge your computer or cell phone like you do some of those wind up flashlights.

    This could be good.........
     
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    Imagine the output if we multiply the size......
     

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