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Thursday, May 26, 2005



Nuclear Powered Cell Phone Battery?


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(Hat Tip: Engadget)

Cellphones powered by nuclear power could be not too many years away following developments by scientists at the University of Rochester. The details of the technology which uses radioactive gasses, already licensed to BetaBatt, appears in this month's issue of Advanced Materials.

Betavoltaics, the method that the new battery uses, has been around for half a century, but its usefulness was limited due to its low energy yields. Similar to the way solar panels work by catching photons from the sun and turning them into current, the science of betavoltaics uses silicon to capture electrons emitted from a radioactive gas, such as tritium, to form a current.

Hopefully these new "radio active" cell phones will not produce those nasty bumps behind the ears or something much worse. It might be recommended that for anyone purchasing a future model of a "nuclear cell phone" that they purchase a head set to go with it (along with a radiation suit).



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