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Liberating devices from their power cords


May 19, 2014

close-up of structural supercapacitor A new type of supercapacitor that can hold a charge when it takes a lickin' has been developed by engineers at Vanderbilt University. It is the first "multifunctional" energy storage device that can operate while subject to realistic static and dynamic loads--advancing the day when everything from cell phones to electric vehicles will no longer need separate batteries. Full Story

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