Graphene Could Become World's Best Super Battery

You know graphene, the super material that's strong enough to withstand diamond cutters » 9/18/08 1:30am 9/18/08 1:30am? Turns out that not only may it replace silicon as the de rigeur component of microchips, it's on track to becoming the next megabattery as well. Engineers at the University of Texas in Austin have found a way to store electrical…

One-Petawatt Laser Opens For Business In Texas

In the basement of the physics building at the University of Texas in Austin is the world's most powerful laser. Switched on for the first time last week, it has an output of a quadrillion watts—in terms of zeros, that's 1,000,000,000,000,000. Wired has gotten its hands on some stunning pictures of the $7-million… » 4/09/08 8:01am 4/09/08 8:01am