Some Shocking Advances

Oct. 22, 2006: Reading Eagle

Summary: People can feel helpless when their iPods, cell phones and laptop computers sap juice from batteries and die on the spot.

So Carnegie Mellon University hopes to jolt the electronics industry, among others, with new technology that would make batteries last longer and electrical power more reliable.

Prashant Kumta, professor of materials science and biomedical engineering, said a team he heads has developed a new material to make electrochemical capacitors that can boost the power supply for everyday electronic devices and upgrade electric-automobile technology.

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