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    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2009
     
    "However, nuclear power sources have already been safely powering a variety of devices, such as pacemakers, space satellites and underwater systems."

    Yeah, underwater systems, like submarines... :)
    • CommentAuthornzhopeful
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2009
     
    "In particular, he needs to boost the power output of the battery before it can ever be relevant to devices other than MEMS. It currently puts out just 16.2 nano-Watts. One would need a huge pile of such batteries - almost forty million of them - to produce enough power to run a cellphone."

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/08/nuclear_coin_battery/
    • CommentAuthorzackson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2009
     
    welcome nzhopeful though I don't know what the heck your on about
    • CommentAuthornzhopeful
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2009
     
    It's a quote from a second article on the same story that I gave the link for. The second article gives us specifics about what scale these batteries are at, which the first article unfortunately lacked. The first article makes it even worse by only saying "The University of Missouri team says that the batteries hold a million times as much charge as standard batteries."
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    0.0000000162 x 40,000,000 = 0.6480

    Still a bit low, I think.

    Of course those nanowhats can really get lost up in your underwhere, I understand.
    • CommentAuthorjoshs
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2009
     
    Not low if it is average power including the time taht the phone is in standby. That or when the phone is 2m from the nearest cell tower.
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      CommentAuthorDerrickA
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
     
    The best way to think of these batteries, is as small button cells that never run out. Not a whole lot of amps, but they won't quit. These are good for applications like remote sensing, where a sensor can sit idle, or nearly idle, most of the time. A nuclear battery can slowly charge a conventional battery or a supercap, which can in turn, be used for periodic bursts of high power transmission back to base. The military will love these things, so expect to see them powering sensors in the land-mines (as if they weren't bad enough already).
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    You mean the RFID sensors that pick up the chips in the soldier's boots, passport, ID tag, and MRE packs?

    Cool. We can have personalized landmines. Now, that's progress.
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      CommentAuthorGrimer
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinYou mean the RFID sensors that pick up the chips in the soldier's boots, passport, ID tag, and MRE packs?

    Cool. We can have personalized landmines. Now, that's progress.

    Well it has the potential of avoiding collateral damage I suppose.
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    Depends on what you mean by collateral damage, I suppose.
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      CommentAuthorGrimer
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinDepends on what you mean by collateral damage, I suppose.
    Not killing civilians who don't have boot with chips in.
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    You would quickly develop soldiers that had hard feet.
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      CommentAuthorDerrickA
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2009
     
    The soldiers don't get to decide. It's the generals who get to write the cheques for new military hardware, so its the generals who will be salivating over the degree to which they can now control the maiming and disfiguring.
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    you really think they would keep those boots on ?
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    I think it's more likely they'd go off for people with the wrong chips (or no chips) in their boots. Nuclear batteries aren't going to show up in landmines. They're very expensive compared to chemical batteries for a start. They only make sense when you need to power something for a long time with no maintenance. Modern landmines are designed to only remain active for relatively short lengths of time; it prevents civilian casualties that continue for decades after the war ended.

    They're also not going to show up in phones in my opinion.