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Sweet! New Battery Technology

Life (sort of) imitates SNL:

Wife: New Shimmer is a floor wax!

Husband: No, new Shimmer is a dessert topping!

Wife: It's a floor wax!

Husband: It's a dessert topping!

Wife: It's a floor wax, I'm telling you!

Husband: It's a dessert topping, you cow!

Spokesman: [ enters quickly ] Hey, hey, hey, calm down, you two. New Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping! Here, I'll spray some on your mop.. [ sprays Shimmer onto mop ] ..and some on your butterscotch pudding. [ sprays Shimmer onto pudding ]

[ Husband eats while Wife mops ]

Husband: Mmmmm, tastes terrific!

Wife: And just look at that shine!

Only this is better than floorwax, I think:

'Juiced-up' Sugar-Fueled Battery Could Power Portable Electronics

Juicing up your cell phone or iPod may take on a whole new meaning in the future. Researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri have developed a fuel cell battery that runs on virtually any sugar source — from soft drinks to tree sap — and has the potential to operate three to four times longer on a single charge than conventional lithium ion batteries, they say.

Wet-tech meets dry tech. If sugar is a good energy source for cell phones, why not other things? Maybe we've been going about this environment thing all wrong. Perhaps rather than electric/petroleum hybrids, we should be looking at bio-mechanical hybrids. Look, all I'm saying is that maybe these two ought to share more than just an approximate shape and cutesy name:

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Hat-tip: Blacknail.

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