Pencil Lines Can Turn a Piece of Paper Into a Simple Sensor

The graphite that slips from the point of your pencil onto a page may be of more use than simply writing and drawing. A team of researchers has shown that simple pencil lines can be used as an accurate sensor to measure the deformation of objects. » 3/19/15 8:15am 3/19/15 8:15am

Researchers Found a New, Easy Way to Turn Graphite Into Diamond

Since graphite—the dark material used in regular old pencils—and diamonds are both made from carbon, it's technically feasible to turn the former into the latter. You just need to apply a little pressure—about 150,000 times what the atmosphere on Earth's surface is like. But researchers at Stanford University claim to… » 4/04/14 9:40am 4/04/14 9:40am

If There's a Graphite iPhone 5S, It Had Better Look Nicer Than This

Apple rumormonger du jour Sonny Dickson has outed the latest in a series of reputed scoops: An iPhone 5S in not white, black, or gold, but graphite. It sounds potentially lovely! It looks... not so much. Which is why it seems particularly unlikely that this is the real deal. » 8/26/13 9:24am 8/26/13 9:24am

World's Thinnest Graphite Heat Shield Stops Your Smartphone From…

The dual and quad core processors used in modern smartphones make the devices extremely capable, but also run extremely hot. So to wrangle all that excess heat without adding too much bulk, Panasonic has managed to shrink its graphite heat shields to a mere 10μm (microns) thick. (Size comparison: A human red blood… » 9/12/12 9:20am 9/12/12 9:20am

Why Is Carbon Fiber So Expensive?

When carbon fiber was first trotted out in solid rocket motor cases and tanks in the 1960s, it was poised to not only take on fiberglass, but also a whole host of other materials. » 9/23/11 11:30am 9/23/11 11:30am

Diamond-Busting, Super-Hard Graphite Squeezed Toward Reality

Are the diamond's days as an indestructible substance numbered? Possibly. At about 170,000 atmospheres, scientists managed to use super-hard graphite to crack one in 2003, but the exact reason why was somewhat of a mystery. Now maybe it's not. » 11/07/10 10:00am 11/07/10 10:00am

Graphene Just Won Two Guys the Nobel. So What the Hell Is It?

Today, two professors won the Nobel prize for physics "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene." The Nobel is the Olympic gold of science. But what is graphene, and why did it earn these guys over a million bucks? » 10/05/10 3:20pm 10/05/10 3:20pm

Now Available

A big graphite Kindle DX. A super fast 4G WiMax Wi-Fi Hotspot. A bamboo laptop. For all the mobile warriors who demand the biggest, fastest and eco-friendliest, your devices are now available. » 7/07/10 10:40pm 7/07/10 10:40pm

Largest Sheet Of Graphene Produced, Can Be Used For Flexible…

Graphene, the ridiculously thin, strong, electrically conductive, and flexible miracle material, might be coming to your touchscreens. And when it does, "you could theoretically roll up your iPhone and stick it behind your ear like a pencil." » 6/21/10 6:40pm 6/21/10 6:40pm

Transparent Mac SE/20 vs iMac Graphite

This is what may have happened if Jonathan Ive from Summer 2001—who designed the iMac graphite on the right—had a time machine to travel back and design the Mac SE/20 in 1987. » 5/07/09 10:50am 5/07/09 10:50am

Supermaterial Graphene Could Become Fireproof Megastorage Solution

Already known as the world's strongest material and a great solution for shrinking transistors, now researchers say it can also be used to make super-tough, super-small storage. » 12/19/08 3:30am 12/19/08 3:30am