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This Eighteen Year Old Scientist Might Have Just Revolutionized the Battery in Your… Everything

she blinded me with science

Eesha Kare was among the three winners of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week, and her project is one that we certainly hope gets into our devices soon.

Kare says she’s always been interested in energy storage, and nanotechnological solutions for the same. But also, she admits, she just wanted to be able to spend less time charging her cellphone. Her project was to create a very small supercapacitator for broad uses, and the one that she did create is pretty impressive: it can deliver a charge to a battery in twenty or thirty seconds. Says Raw Story: “The nano-tech device Khare created can supposedly withstand up to 100,000 charges, a 100-fold increase over current technology, and it’s flexible enough to be used in clothing or displays on any non-flat surface.”

While the device is small enough to fit inside a cellphone battery, it could eventually be scaled up for batteries in electric cars, and Kare says she’s been getting lots of compliments on it (and those compliments include interest from Google). But compliments aren’t all she’s won: as a runner up, she’ll be taking home a $50,000 college scholarship, which is nothing to sneeze at. Says Kare: “I will be setting the world on fire.”

(via Shakesville.)

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