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#355785 - 9th Oct 2009 11:19am Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed
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Researchers have demonstrated a penny-sized "nuclear battery" that produces energy from the decay of radioisotopes.

As radioactive substances decay, they release charged particles that when properly harvested can create an electrical current.

Nuclear batteries have been in use for military and aerospace applications, but are typically far larger.

The University of Missouri team says that the batteries hold a million times as much charge as standard batteries.

They have developed it in an attempt to scale down power sources for the tiny devices that fall under the category of micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (Mems and Nems).

The means to power such devices has been a subject of study as vigorous as the development of the devices themselves.

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#355838 - 9th Oct 2009 2:35pm Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: MattLFC]
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We had tiny amounts of Uranium and Plutonium in school in little shielded 'holding' devices. My mate got chucked out of class because he claimed the teacher pointed one at him.
I think it's a good idea, but I think the whole terrorism thing is played up far too much.
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#355877 - 9th Oct 2009 5:05pm Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: DavidB]
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There goes another mushroom cloud going off in my trouser pocket!

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#355900 - 9th Oct 2009 6:32pm Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: ]
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What! You put it near your privates?!
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#355910 - 9th Oct 2009 7:02pm Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: bri445]
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Radioactive testies!

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#355916 - 9th Oct 2009 7:14pm Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: ]
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Id rather a mushroom cloud in my trousers than fallout!!
You say "mushroom".... I say Toadstool!!!! raftl
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#356016 - 10th Oct 2009 11:22am Re: Tiny Nuclear Batteries Developed [Re: hoseman]
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I think they use these batteries in pacemakers don't they?
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