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Researchers Build Fuel Cells From Glass

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The idea of powering gadgets with fuel cells instead of glass is getting new traction as researchers have found a way to increase their rigidity, and make them more efficient and less expensive.

André D. Taylor, an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, said that using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) instead of silicon, a brittle and poor conductor, as well as stainless steel, a material that is prone to corrosion, could be the foundation for a "long-lasting, low-cost, and eco-friendly power source for portable electronic devices". According to the scientist, BMGs can be strong as steel, "yet malleable and good at conducting electricity, and thus superior to silicon and steel for micro fuel cells."

The working fuel cell prototype developed at Yale has been made using zirconium and platinum compounds and has a volume of just 3 cm3, but there was no information how much power it provides. Details have been published in the article Bulk Metallic Glass Micro Fuel Cell in the November 26 issue of the journal Small. The researchers said they are now working to increase the capacity of their fuel cell.

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    kingnoobe , December 14, 2012 1:18 PM
    I'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 1:09 PM
    "Researchers Build Fuel Cells From Glass"

    "The idea of powering gadgets with fuel cells instead of glass"

    ???
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    CrArC , December 14, 2012 1:37 PM
    kingnoobeI'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.
    This article is a minefield of written-language screw-ups. Spelling mistakes, missing words, grammatical errors, half-written phrases that seem to have been changed partway through...

    Must be some kind of new record!
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 1:09 PM
    "Researchers Build Fuel Cells From Glass"

    "The idea of powering gadgets with fuel cells instead of glass"

    ???
  • 30 Hide
    kingnoobe , December 14, 2012 1:18 PM
    I'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.
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    bucknutty , December 14, 2012 1:20 PM
    Wait... So I can power my phone with glass? Sweet!
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    CrArC , December 14, 2012 1:37 PM
    kingnoobeI'm not much for correcting people.. But damn.. Come on guys lol.
    This article is a minefield of written-language screw-ups. Spelling mistakes, missing words, grammatical errors, half-written phrases that seem to have been changed partway through...

    Must be some kind of new record!
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    paladiin , December 14, 2012 1:38 PM
    I don't expect the most polished articles in the world on this site but my god this article was bad. I am still not sure wtf he was talking about. Can we get a translator and at least someone pretending to edit these articles? This is the first comment I have left in months and it is sad that my motivation was how poorly written the article was.
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    ojas , December 14, 2012 2:08 PM
    So...um...my phone is powered by glass? So THAT'S what batteries are made of! Glass! Who would have thought.
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    kyuuketsuki , December 14, 2012 2:31 PM
    WTF proofreading?! Holy crap, that first paragraph is nearly incomprehensible.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:34 PM
    ". . . said that using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) instead of silicon as brittle and poor conductor. . ."

    Really guys?


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    Littlun , December 14, 2012 2:43 PM
    Mr. Douglas Perry needs to go back to school and learn to write. I could write better than this when I was 12, and to see an editor of a major online tech site post slop like this just embarrasses me.
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    fimbulvinter , December 14, 2012 2:54 PM
    This article made my head hurt.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 3:04 PM
    Did Toms begin out-sourcing their articles to India? This article is a new low in language skills
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    lilcinw , December 14, 2012 3:23 PM
    I accidentally the whole article.

    Seriously... how does this kind of garbled mush even get posted? Does anyone even glance at these before they click the 'Post to news' button??
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 4:45 PM
    Either the picture or the article has bad info. The item in that picture is not even remotely close to 3cm^3. Maybe 0.03cm^3.
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    freggo , December 14, 2012 5:20 PM
    "stainless steel, a material that is prone to corrosion..."

    Hey editor... look up "stainless steel" !

    I have stainless steel hardware all over my boat and 12 yeas of ocean and salt spray have not caused any 'corrosion'.

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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 5:57 PM
    There are several conditions that will indeed cause "stainless steel" to suffer from corrosion. Being the type of site that this is I am sure most of you who read this are capable of finding info on this on your own.
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    bluekoala , December 15, 2012 12:48 AM
    I love how the the low quality of the article is far more impressive than the genius breakthrough it's supposed to explain.
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    alextheblue , December 15, 2012 1:28 AM
    SSinfoThere are several conditions that will indeed cause "stainless steel" to suffer from corrosion. Being the type of site that this is I am sure most of you who read this are capable of finding info on this on your own.
    Metallurgy is a surprisingly complex subject. There's so many alloys being used today, just saying "stainless steel" doesn't tell you the whole story (as you are no doubt aware).
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    SmaugTD , December 17, 2012 11:45 AM
    wait what?
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    blazorthon , December 18, 2012 5:00 AM
    bluekoalaI love how the the low quality of the article is far more impressive than the genius breakthrough it's supposed to explain.


    I think that it's understandable given how badly the article explained the topic.