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Pimp My Chip

5:00 PM -- Science Blog reports a breakthrough that should render that little hamster wheel obsolete:

    MIT researchers are putting a tiny gas-turbine engine inside a silicon chip about the size of a quarter. The resulting device could run 10 times longer than a battery of the same weight can, powering laptops, cell phones, radios and other electronic devices...

    The researchers say that in the long term, mass-production could bring the per-unit cost of power from microengines close to that for power from today's large gas-turbine power plants.
The hard part will be crafting the teeny-tiny gas pumps.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

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