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This article in Physical Review Focus describes how most of the voltage from a lead-acid battery comes from relativistic effects in the lead atom. The article describes the simulation that produces this result, and how the simulation also explains why a tin-acid battery doesn't work.
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(American Physical Society, College Park, 2011), WWW Document, (http://physics.aps.org/story/v27/st2).
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Relativity Powers Your Car Battery, (American Physical Society, College Park, 2011), <http://physics.aps.org/story/v27/st2>.
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Relativity Powers Your Car Battery. (2011, January 14). Retrieved December 21, 2014, from American Physical Society: http://physics.aps.org/story/v27/st2
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American Physical Society. Relativity Powers Your Car Battery. College Park: American Physical Society, January 14, 2011. http://physics.aps.org/story/v27/st2 (accessed 21 December 2014).
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Relativity Powers Your Car Battery. College Park: American Physical Society, 2011. 14 Jan. 2011. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://physics.aps.org/story/v27/st2>.
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