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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

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