“Paper Power” — The Discovery Files

It might look like a simple sheet of black paper, but it’s really an incredibly novel source of power. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a unique nanocomposite paper that can provide steady power output comparable to a conventional battery as well as a quick burst of high energy like a supercapacitor. This power device can withstand extreme temperatures and can be rolled, twisted, folded — and even cut into pieces — with no loss of mechanical integrity or efficiency. Plus, it’s even environmentally safe. Talk about superpower!!