I got an Uber from Waterloo train station to the office today because I’m too hung over to walk and I was proud of myself for coming up with the idea of being picked up outside the Wellington pub because the driver couldn’t find me. Meanwhile, a student has made a scientific breakthrough and seems to be pretty chill about it.
Mya Le Thai is currently studying for her PhD at the University of California and, pretty much by accident, has stumbled upon a way to make phone batteries last 400 years.
The team she was part of were just trying to design better nanowires for normal rechargeable batteries when Mya made the discovery.
Reginald Penner, chair of UCI’s chemistry department, said:
“Mya was playing around, and she coated this whole thing with a very thin gel layer and started to cycle it. She discovered that just by using this gel, she could cycle it …