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- n. Plural form of picowatt.
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As he puts it, we can measure picowatts, and the people doing cold fusion at SRI, the Navy in in Israel where he visited have the best calorimeters money can buy.
Or the picowatts of electrical discharge along our nerves.
Even lower power millimeter-scale sensors are already in development that require mere picowatts of power.
At these levels - a jumping flea can generate thousands of picowatts - you can scavenge energy needed from vibrations or heat in the ambient environment, and even from the pervasive existence of radio waves themselves.
The waste's special attribute is not its mass in tonnes but its radioactivity, which I find can usefully be measured in watts, and on that basis compared with the radioactivity naturally in the Earth's continental crust: ~1500 picowatts per litre, ~200 megawatts per metre of depth times the continents 'total surface area.