30 Nov '16, 3pm

Radioactive diamonds are turned into batteries that last for thousands of years | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Radioactive diamonds are turned into batteries that last for thousands of years | MNN - Mother Nature Network

As it's said, a diamond lasts forever. So why not transform that diamond into a super long-lasting battery? That's the idea behind a new technique developed by University of Bristol researchers that transforms nuclear waste into diamond form. These radioactive diamonds are capable of generating their own electrical current, and since the half-life of their radioactive material lasts for thousands of years, so does the power source. When you think of radioactive diamonds, you're probably more likely to imagine some sort of elaborate Cold War assassination plot from a James Bond movie than you are to think of a battery. At the very least, it sounds like an extremely pricey method for the rich and famous to keep their smartphones charged. But the technique has a less-nefarious, less-highfalutin application too: transforming leftover nuclear waste into clean energy. “There are...

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