Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Fri 9th Oct 2009 20:49 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Hardware, Embedded Systems Not that we haven't known that this would one day happen, but it's still an exciting development nonetheless. Some folks over at the University of Missouri have whipped up nuclear batteries small enough to run the typical mobile device of today. They don't quite specify if has enough voltage to power something like a phone or a laptop as the batteries are being designed with MEMS and NEMS technology in mind, but they claim that these penny-sized batteries hold one million times the charge of "regular batteries." Whether a "regular battery" by their definition is the standard AA, the typical laptop battery, or a watch battery is unbeknownst to us peasants. It's being designed for MEMS and NEMS technology, but why not have it power my lappy if it's got the voltage? Imagine running one's computer for seven hundred years, and imagine all of that delicious space saved from the curse of conventional laptop batteries. Perhaps we don't need wireless electricity after all.
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RE[2]: Terrible name and title
by echo.ranger on Mon 12th Oct 2009 16:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Terrible name and title"
echo.ranger
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You're not thinking of tritium are you? Its a radioactive element that is luminescent and is often used to illuminate watch dials, magnetic compasses and gun sites.

If you're talking about a radioactive substance used to illuminate your watch, as opposed to powering it, then its likely tritium you're referring to.

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