Graphene is the best-known two-dimensional material, with its atom-thick layers proving plenty of fascinating material properties. But now a team of scientists has developed a new material with a similar structure that they’re calling borophene.
Buckminster fullerene molecules, the naturally occurring spheres made up of 60 carbon atoms, have long been a darling of the nanotechnology industry. But now, scientists have found a similar structure of boron that could prove equally exciting.
The tiny sponge featured in this video may not look like very much, but it has the ability to absorb 100 times its weight in oil. Even better, it "hates" water, meaning it's perfect for cleaning up oil spills.