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Z Machine: Meet the X-Ray Generator That Can Melt Diamonds

Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories/SPL Diamond is one of the hardest material in nature, but it’s no match for the Z Machine at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It can create [...]

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Battery

A research team by Jianyu Huang (pictured) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque claims to have developed the world’s smallest battery: It consists of a bulk lithium cobalt cathode three millimeters long, an ionic liquid electrolyte, and has as its anode a single tin oxide (Sn02) nanowire 10 nanometers long and 100 nanometers in diameter – [...]