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Making a better battery

Batteries haven't seen a significant technological shift in over two decades. But it's not for lack of trying. Researchers around the globe are trying to figure out the next step toward making better batteries.

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1 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

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2 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
3 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
4 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

IBM invented a special machine, called a DEMS, which can measure air quality as it moves in and out of this new type of battery.

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5 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
6 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
7 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
8 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
9 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
10 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
11 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

battery-ian-sherr-5231-001.jpg
12 of 12 Josh Miller / CNET

Coming up with a better battery

Researchers at IBM's Almaden research facility in San Jose, Calif. are trying to invent a new battery that could be half the size of current ones.

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