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Scientists Discover New Materials That Could Charge Your Phone In Minutes

Your cell phone charging woes may soon be over!

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Getting tired of your quick-draining yet slow-charging phone batteries? You’re definitely not alone!

This is a common issue among mobile device users since many gadgets tend to run out of juice all too quickly. It sucks but for the most part, our best bet is to carry a power bank, especially when we’re always on the go.

Cell phone charging woes may soon be over, thanks to this new discovery.

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In a recent report by the GoodNewsNetwork, we learn that a bunch of researchers from the University of Cambridge have “identified a group of materials that could be used to make higher power batteries that can charge within a matter of minutes.”

As the article tells us, the researchers utilized “materials with a complex crystalline structure” and so they later discovered that lithium ions travel through them much faster compared with common electrode materials.

While the materials, called niobium tungsten oxides, do not have higher energy densities, they deliver faster performance in terms of charging.

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So researchers came up with the idea that its “physical structure and chemical behavior” can be put to use for creating the next generation of batteries.

Dr Kent Griffith, researcher in Cambridge’s Department of Chemistry, said:

“We’re always looking for materials with high-rate battery performance, which would result in a much faster charge and could also deliver high power output.”

Batteries are usually composed of a positive electrode, a negative electrode and an electrolyte. During the charging process, lithium ions are moved from the positive to the negative electrode.
Quick charging can only be achieved if the transfer is done faster.

This is what the researchers are currently working on.

According to Griffith:

“The idea is that if you make the distance the lithium ions have to travel shorter, it should give you higher rate performance.

“But it’s difficult to make a practical battery with nanoparticles: you get a lot more unwanted chemical reactions with the electrolyte, so the battery doesn’t last as long, plus it’s expensive to make.”

Despite the discovery’s great potential, scientists are encountering several challenges as well.

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Meanwhile, Professor Clare Grey, also of the Department of Chemistry and lead author of the study, pointed out:

“Nanoparticles can be tricky to make, which is why we’re searching for materials that inherently have the properties we’re looking for even when they are used as comparatively large micron-sized particles. This means that you don’t have to go through a complicated process to make them, which keeps costs low.

“Nanoparticles are also challenging to work with on a practical level, as they tend to be quite ‘fluffy’, so it’s difficult to pack them tightly together, which is key for a battery’s volumetric energy density.”

Well we do hope these researchers get the support they need to get going with their work. Clearly, their discovery could potentially revolutionize the entire phone industry as we know it!

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Flying Car Invented By Filipino Guy Successfully Completes Test Flight

Say goodbye to traffic jams!

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Our fascination with flying cars and hover boards arose from watching futuristic movies like Back to the Future. Because of this, we were kind of disappointed when the hover boards that went out of the market had wheels instead of the much-imagined propeller type boards that we see Michael J. Fox used in the popular 80’s film classic.

No doubt somehow inspired by these movies too, a Filipino hip-hop dancer and inventor hopes to bring us what might be the first true-blue viable flying car. Flyingkyxz, a drone car, has successfully completed its test flight - with flying colors!

It’s inventor, Kyxz Mendiola, is actually a member of a famous Hip Hop dance group in the Philippines.

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Adorable Retro Camper Van Transforms Itself Into Anything For Your Camping Needs

It looks retro, but it’s definitely modern – packed with cool innovation!

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Camping is a great experience. Wherever you plan on going, having a camper makes the experience more convenient and enjoyable.

In the neighborhood of Frogtown in Los Angeles, California, a mini camper is making a buzz in the West Coast. This adorable mini camper, the Happier Camper’s HC1, will make you change the way you think about campers.

Happier Camper was founded by Derek Michael May - a graphic designer, computer programmer, DJ and a musician.

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The Science Behind Paper Cuts (And Why They Hurt So Bad!)

Why are paper cuts so painful? There are several reasons!

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At first glace, paper may seem to be a simple, harmless object. However, the fact of the matter is that it can actually hurt you really bad.

If you've ever experienced getting paper cut, then we bet you know what we're talking about. It can happen so sudddenly and the pain can be so nasty.

It often happens unexpectedly - and it hurts too much!

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