A Battery of Bad News for Bruce

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A Battery of Bad News for Bruce

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Durian Fruit shows promise in alternative battery research.
The stench got too much Gomes’ wife, who removed all remnants of the foul-smelling fruit from the freezer after just one night
Supercapacitors are an alternative way of storing energy. They act like reservoirs, able to quickly charge and then discharge energy in bursts. They tend to be made out of expensive materials like graphene, but Gomes’ team has turned inedible parts of durian and jackfruit into carbon aerogels – porous super-light solids – with “exceptional” natural energy storage properties. They heated, freeze-dried and then baked the inedible spongey core of each fruit in an oven at temperatures of more than 1,500C (2732F). The black, highly porous, ultralight structures they were left with could then be fashioned into electrodes of a low-cost supercapacitor.

The supercapacitors can be charged in 30 seconds, and could be used to power a range of devices.“To be able to charge a mobile phone in a minute is incredible,” says Shabnam. The researchers’ dream is to use these sustainable supercapacitors to store electricity from renewable energy sources for use in vehicles and houses.

And that’s before considering the benefits of finding a green use for durian’s headline-making, stomach-turning waste, as over 70% of the fruit tends to be thrown away. In 2018, the smell temporarily grounded a plane in Indonesia, and leftover fruit prompted a mass evacuation of a University of Canberra library last year. In the initial stages of his research, the stench got too much Gomes’ wife, who removed all remnants of the foul-smelling fruit from the freezer after just one night – the pong was too potent.
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Re: A Battery of Bad News for Bruce

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If it smells that bad, why continue to allow it to grow?

Fucking take off and Nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.



And about the battery bullshit: It's just that. Bullshit.
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Reminds me of one particular analyst that came up with the brilliant idea of derivatizing with butyric acid, which works great on paper, and if you're assigning the lab work to someone else, you don't even have to concern yourself with the fact that butyric acid is one of the key compounds that makes vomit smell like vomit. If you handle it in the fume hood, not so bad, but if you spill even one drop on yourself, well, do you remember that scene from Stand By Me?
Such potential!