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Student accidentally creates rechargeable battery that lasts 400 years!

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A new discovery has been made in the world of science. Unlike other creations, this one was discovered by chance by a student at the University of California, Irvine.

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Mya Le Thai is pursuing her doctorate at the University of California, Irvine. She had just finished cooking up some experiments in the laboratory when she decided to experiment with rechargeable batteries.

Rechargeable batteries typically have a cycle life of 300 to 500 cycles and may only last a few years.

However, while experimenting with various materials, Thai made a life-changing discovery, increasing the cycle life of an ordinary battery from 300 to around 200,000.

Thai experimented with the nanowires that support the battery’s cycle. She discovered that coating a set of gold nanowires in manganese dioxide and a Plexiglass-like electrolyte gel extended the life of the batteries after experimenting.

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A battery is typically made of ordinary nanowire, which is easily broken. Thai experimentation led to the discovery that it outlives the standard battery.

She was astounded to discover that the cycle had reached 10,000 cycles when she tested it. She didn’t stop there, and after a few days, it was still running and had reached 30,000. She didn’t turn it off, so it stayed on for about a month.

Thai’s experiment reportedly lasted about three months and resulted in 200,000 cycles.

Laptop batteries can now last up to 400 years as a result of this new discovery.

Thai and her team are still working on the project, trying to figure out how to lower the price of their final product because the current one will force it up.

They are hoping to collaborate with other more affordable alternatives in order to make the product available to the public.

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Student accidentally creates rechargeable battery that lasts 400 years|The Daily Sentry

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