A Light Bulb Made Using Graphene Will Go on Sale Later This Year

A new light bulb that's made using graphene will go on sale later this year, according to its developers—and it's said to be the first commercially viable consumer product to use the supermaterial. » 3/30/15 6:30am Monday 6:30am

Graphene Could Be Used to Neutralize Cancer Stem Cells

Graphene has a frankly overwhelming array of amazing possible uses, from body armor to seeing through walls. To that list, you can perhaps add the ability to fight cancer, too. » 2/26/15 6:45am 2/26/15 6:45am

6 Supermaterials That Could Change Our World 

Graphene isn't the only game-changing material to come out of a lab. From aerogels nearly as light as air to metamaterials that manipulate light, here are six supermaterials that have the potential to transform the world of the future. » 1/30/15 3:00pm 1/30/15 3:00pm

Deep-Fried Graphene Could Be the Future of Batteries

The wondermaterial graphene could have so many crazy applications: Computer chips that run on light, saltwater electricity generation, and on and on. Perhaps most humble and important of all, though, is energy storage. South Korean scientists have found a way to make pom-pom-shaped graphene microparticles ideal for… » 1/19/15 1:25pm 1/19/15 1:25pm

A Little Lead Can Make Graphene Magnetic

Graphene has very many strengths, but there is one thing it isn't and that is magnetic. Now, a team of researchers has found that the insertion of a little lead into the planar graphene structure can change that. » 12/16/14 7:27am 12/16/14 7:27am

Graphene Body Armor Will Be Twice as Good as Regular Bullet-Proof Vests

We know that graphene is super strong, so it should stand to reason that it would be a sensible—if expensive—choice for body armor. Now, scientists have demonstrated that it's twice as effective as the material currently used to make bullet-proof vests. » 11/28/14 4:00pm 11/28/14 4:00pm

Graphene Foam Sure Looks Stunning Up-Close

This isn't some tortured starfish or CGIed brain synapse. Nope: you're looking at an extreme close-up of graphene foam, captured using an electron microscope. » 11/19/14 6:45am 11/19/14 6:45am

A New Graphene Sensor Will Let Us See Through Walls

Remember all those amazing things graphene can supposedly do? Well, the wonder material is starting to do them. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland recently developed a graphene-based sensor that lets people see through walls. Obviously, they want to make goggles with it. » 9/09/14 12:25pm 9/09/14 12:25pm

Watch the First Graphene-Based Flexible Display Get Bent Out of Shape

Graphene is one of those material science breakthroughs that's so frequently described as a harbinger of technological revolution, it almost feels hackneyed. Almost, until an update like this rolls around: Scientists at Cambridge today demonstrated the first graphene-based flexible display. » 9/05/14 5:30pm 9/05/14 5:30pm

This 1D Graphene Switches from Conductor to Insulator When It Stretches

You've heard all about the wonder properties of graphene, so come meet its one dimensional cousin, carbyne. A chain of single carbon atoms to graphene's two-dimensional layer of atoms, carbyne has some pretty amazing properties of its own. By one measure, it's the strongest material in the world (over graphene!), and… » 7/30/14 5:31pm 7/30/14 5:31pm

Video Explains What Graphene Is and Why It's a Magic Material

So what's the deal with graphene and why does everyone think it's the next big thing? Well, as SciShow says, it conducts electricity better than silver, it conducts heat better than diamonds and even though it's only one atom thick, it's even stronger than steel. So why isn't it more popular and everywhere? » 7/15/14 12:14am 7/15/14 12:14am

Berkeley Lab's 2D Transistor Could Supercharge Tomorrow's Electronics

Graphene is regularly touted as a "super material" in electronics manufacturing—one able to do everything that silicon does, except better. But that isn't good enough for one team at Berkeley Labs. They've combined graphene with two other cutting-edge materials to create the world's first 2D field effects transistor.… » 6/05/14 12:00pm 6/05/14 12:00pm

Cadmium Arsenide: A 3D Alternative to Graphene That's Way More Useful

There's no denying that graphene is a wonderful material—strong, flexible, and highly conductive—but it's taking a long time to become a commercial reality. Now, scientists working with a material called cadmium arsenide believe it offers many of the same benefits—but could actually be far easier to use in the real… » 6/04/14 5:07am 6/04/14 5:07am

The Cutting-Edge Tech That Will Finally Bring Desalination to the U.S.

In case you haven't heard, California is screwed. The drought has turned our perennially water-challenged state into a desiccated husk. In these dire times, we look toward desalination, an idea long-promised but never quite delivered in the U.S. But a spate of new technologies—graphene, solar mirrors, and more—could… » 6/03/14 6:40pm 6/03/14 6:40pm

New Method for Spray-On Graphene Makes the Supermaterial Even Stronger

An international team of researchers just announced a simple, inexpensive way to spray graphene onto substrates at supersonic speeds. Besides sounding absolutely awesome, the method also offers a solution to a crippling weakness with the supermaterial. In effect, spray-on graphene is simply stronger. » 5/28/14 2:40pm 5/28/14 2:40pm

Graphene Could Absorb an Unlimited Amount of Heat

A fundamental law of material science could be rewritten by graphene: in simulations and experiment, scientists have shown that graphene's heart absorption varies with the size of the sample, which means it could absorb an unlimited amount of heat. » 5/13/14 8:30am 5/13/14 8:30am

Graphene Might Be Way Worse For the Environment Than We Thought

Is there anything graphene can't do? The miracle material can save aging buildings, generate electricity, fight blood clots, and give you Predator-vision, among many other magical things. But a new study has revealed that graphene could have some negative environmental impacts as well. » 4/28/14 3:00pm 4/28/14 3:00pm

How You Can Make Graphene at Home in Your Blender

Graphene may be the supermaterial to rule them all—but it turns out you can make it at home. In your kitchen blender. Here's how. » 4/21/14 9:20am 4/21/14 9:20am

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth. » 4/15/14 11:15am 4/15/14 11:15am