Microscopic tubes coated with cyclotrimethylene trinitramine and set off by an electrical spark drove energy up to 100 times faster along their lengths than regular batteries, according to a paper published in the journal Nature Materials. The research team, led by MIT scientist Michael Strano, found that these nanotube "fuses" do not lose energy when left unused for long periods of time. "What we've discovered is more than just a replacement for batteries," Strano said. "To our knowledge, it's a new scientific area for research."
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