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From: email@example.com (Bob Wilson)
Subject: Re: How do I measure watch battery life?
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 21:46:57 -0000
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>I look foward to the day when battery technology will have moved on to the
>point where a small portable unit, let us say the size of a typical car
>battery, will provide all the power needed to provide all the heat needed
>including heating the clothing of those wanting to reach the South Pole and
>return in Winter. I guess I just want to be an Emperor Penguin. I've always
>admired these great creatures.
>That's a trip I would enjoy but it won't happen for a long time. I'm
>guessing that what is basically a source of chemical energy would always be
>too bulky and it would appear that the heart of the battery would be a
>nuclear powered device. It just occurred to me that this could probably be
>done today. I wonder how big the power plants are on satellites which are
>powered by small nuclear reactors to the best of my knowledge.
>If only we could only tickle matter to release the energy it contains other
>than by fission.
It's called Fusion.It ain't simple, and there is no way that you would
remotely be able to carry either a fission or a fusion device (once they
succeed in actually making a successful fusion device). Both processes emit
massive quantites of radiation (albeit different types).
Anyway, for the battery your dreaming about, you're going to have to wait a
LONG time. For 25 years we have been trying to come up with a battery
technology that would give an electric car a decent range, and have failed.
Now, they seem to have given up on ehat looks like a basically impossible
dream and switched to fuel cell research.
>Anyone want to come with me?
Considering that what you are proposing is carrying along some kind of
nuclear device, I think I'd like to stay as far away from you as possible.
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