Student Accidentally Creates Rechargeable Battery that Lasts 400 Years

Every single person on this earth either has or will make a mistake at least once in their lifetime, but every blue moon or so some of those mistakes can end up leaving you in a better situation than when you started. Those are some fairly rare moments, but they are known to happen – especially in the world of science. Mya Le Thai is a doctoral student studying at the University of California, Irvine who was fiddling around with some battery nanowires and having very little success. For some reason the wires would begin breaking down after only a few charges, so she decided to try something a little different.


She took a few gold nanowires and coated them in a manganese dioxide and a plexiglass-acting electrolyte gel, then let it cycle continuously overnight. The result was a battery capable of being charged for an absolutely ridiculous amount of time!

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