Please let Switzerland's research into battery life nanotechnology come true, please oh please. I sound like a kid wishing on a star, but if their Steeper project gets adopted, gadgets will become more efficient and our planet healthier.
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's Adrian Ionescu spoke of their ambitious plan, which uses nanoscience and nanowires to "close" up leaky transistors, saying that their "vision is to share this research to enable manufacturers to build the holy grail in electronics, a computer that utilises negligible energy when it's in sleep mode, which we call the zero-watt PC".
Supposedly, the US spends $US4 billion each year on lost electricity, according to the Department of Energy. Not only that, but there's obvious repercussions on the planet and our gadgets. Anything that can prolong the battery life of my HTC Desire gets my vote. [NYT, BBC]