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Old 06-26-2013, 11:09 AM   #1761
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^That's pretty amazing.

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:27 PM   #1762
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Scientists 3D print a tiny Li-Ion battery. Pretty cool stuff.
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^That's pretty amazing.

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If they can create batteries the size of a grain of sand, I wonder if they could be built into solar panels to eliminate the need for storage batteries ?
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:51 PM   #1763
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^ Wouldn't they just be storage batteries anyway then? Even though this battery is tiny, it doesn't mean it holds a crap ton of energy. Its energy capacity is still the same per unit mass as a larger battery, it's just a lot smaller. This thing really helps in the advancement of nanotechnology though.
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^ Wouldn't they just be storage batteries anyway then? Even though this battery is tiny, it doesn't mean it holds a crap ton of energy. Its energy capacity is still the same per unit mass as a larger battery, it's just a lot smaller. This thing really helps in the advancement of nanotechnology though.
Well, if they are the size of a grain of sand, you could get millions of them around the perimeter of a solar panel or even on gutters, shutters or downspouts.

The idea of solar panels is great, but they won't be fully accepted until they can be integrated into a home's appearance without being a distraction.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:58 PM   #1765
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Well, if they are the size of a grain of sand, you could get millions of them around the perimeter of a solar panel or even on gutters, shutters or downspouts.

The idea of solar panels is great, but they won't be fully accepted until they can be integrated into a home's appearance without being a distraction.
Can they, sure why not? But the cost and effort of wiring them all together would negate the benefit of just having a giant battery since the mass would have to be equal. It is an interesting idea to have a 3D printed solar cell frame with integrated battery. I'd imagine these can be whatever shape you want them to be...within reason of course.
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Computer has roughly the same intelligence as a 4 year old with a disability

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They found ConceptNet 4 has the average IQ of a young child. But unlike most children, the machine's scores were very uneven across different portions of the test.

"If a child had scores that varied this much, it might be a symptom that something was wrong," said Robert Sloan, professor and head of computer science at UIC, and lead author on the study.


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Swedish researchers create 'an impossible material' by mistake

In yet another example of scientific serendipity, Uppsala University researchers have created an unprecedented material with record-breaking properties. And most remarkable of all, this new material - which was thought impossible to make for over a century - was the result of an accident in the lab.

And indeed, the new magnesium carbonate material exhibits some remarkable properties.

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