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Originally posted by Shere Khaan
Originally posted by merka
The suit obviously isnt a complete exoskeleton, but its really cool nonetheless. I find it odd that the military isnt all over it, when something like this come out they should already have full power armor...
The army have their versions coming along quite nicely.
What is holding up a lot of this technology is decent batteries.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
The one thing about this is that the government will now have a suit that will make certain troops almost completely invincible. Do we really want this?
These virus-built batteries can be created cheaply using an environmentally benign process, tout the same energy capacity as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries, and may one day be used to power everything from personal electronic devices to hybrid vehicles.
Belcher's team was able to engineer a virus that self-assembles anode and cathode ends of the battery (the electrodes which move electricity in and out of the battery). The virus acts like a miniature machine, bringing together commonly available iron and phosphate molecules into a stiff lattice structure. The virus is attached to a carbon nanotube which then conducts electrons into the battery.
These new batteries have the same energy storage capacity as regular lithium batteries, but would be much less energy-intensive to produce and almost totally nontoxic, solving one of the greatest problems lithium batteries now face -- safe disposal.