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Penny-Sized Power

Wee Nuclear Batteries that Pack a Powerful Punch

— October 9, 2009 — Eco
The University of Missouri has developed tiny penny-sized nuclear batteries with one million times the output of a conventional chemical battery. Some major differences between the liquid semiconductor core and other solid core nuclear batteries are their shelf life and their size.

Imagine the possibilities for future technology, space flight, medicine, or, for that matter, never having to remember to charge your iPod!

Implications - The idea of penny-sized power revolves around the use of radioactive materials, but are said to be completely safe if used normally. Batteries are definitely important in many aspects of life since doctors use them at hospitals during surgery and people need them to drive their cars.
Trend Themes
1. Miniature Nuclear Batteries - Developing miniature nuclear batteries with significantly higher power output than conventional chemical batteries.
2. Liquid Semiconductor Core - Exploring the use of liquid semiconductor core as a major difference in nuclear batteries, enhancing their shelf life and reducing size.
3. Safe Radioactive Materials - Utilizing safe radioactive materials in the construction of nuclear batteries, ensuring normal usage without risks.
Industry Implications
1. Technology - The technology industry can explore the disruptive innovation opportunities of integrating miniature nuclear batteries to power various devices.
2. Space Exploration - The space exploration industry can benefit from the advancements in miniature nuclear batteries for providing long-lasting power in spacecraft and equipment.
3. Medical - The medical industry can incorporate miniature nuclear batteries for powering medical devices and enhancing surgical procedures.
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