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Video: Looking for Energy Innovation? Look to Materials Science

Materials science has hitched its wagon to computing power -- and that's a good thing

In the first week of the , we've been talking a lot about the role of battery technology in the. They can model and predict the behavior of materials with increasing accuracy, so they're conducting experiments with newly available computing power instead of with real world materials. It's not only faster, but their science will continue to get faster because its hooked to the exponential increases in processing power that have turned ENIAC into the iPad.

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