The Super Supercapacitor

by Travis Gertz

It’s the future.

Imagine if you melted down the lead in your pencil and hooked it up to a car engine. Then you powered that engine for three weeks. Okay, it’s not quite that simple, but scientists figure they’ve accidentally found a ground breaking method of creating simple, powerful batteries out of graphene—one atom thick sheets of graphite.

They ‘melt’ the graphite into magic bendy batteries using DVD burners and form a cell powerful enough to charge an electric car in minutes. Think of all the ways we could use bendy batteries! Also: get your mind out of the gutter.

Find out more about graphene batteries.

Via Joey Lomanto