New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

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    New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Imagine a carbon sheet that's only one atom thick but is stronger than diamond and conducts electricity 100 times faster than the silicon in computer chips.

    That's graphene, the latest wonder material coming out of science laboratories around the world. It's creating tremendous buzz among physicists, chemists and electronic engineers.

    "It is the thinnest known material in the universe, and the strongest ever measured," Andre Geim , a physicist at the University of Manchester, England , wrote in the June 19 issue of the journal Science.

    "A few grams could cover a football field," said Rod Ruoff , a graphene researcher at the University of Texas, Austin , in an e-mail. A gram is about 1/30th of an ounce.
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    Ruoff founded a company in Austin called Graphene Energy, which is seeking ways to store renewable energy from solar cells or the energy captured from braking in autos.
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Thanks for this....I love creative science!
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Cool. So it will be made into computer chips?
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    Cool. So it will be made into computer chips?
    Or potato chips, whatever's necessary.

    I know it is far off, but I like knowing that somewhere down the line, fully capable nano-esq processors are capable, due to the creation of materials such as this.
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    Let's build a car out of it!
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    One atom thick...That is mind blowing!
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Quote Originally Posted by BrickTamland View Post
    One atom thick...That is mind blowing!
    Agreed! Also mind blowing are some of the new "ceramics" that are superconductors at real world temps vs. near absolute zero as once was required.
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    Agreed! Also mind blowing are some of the new "ceramics" that are superconductors at real world temps vs. near absolute zero as once was required.
    Are the new ceramics from the space program?

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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Graphene? That's a stupid name. Call it Adamantium and then we'll molecularly bond it to my skeleton.

    (P.S. I always thought it was Atomantium, which would make more sense. Silly comicbook writers. )
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    I'm gonna get a Graphene hood for my truck, gonna be sweet. lol

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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    Graphene? That's a stupid name. Call it Adamantium and then we'll molecularly bond it to my skeleton.

    (P.S. I always thought it was Atomantium, which would make more sense. Silly comicbook writers. )
    I think they got it right. From dictionary.com.

    Adamant
    –adjective
    1. utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
    2. too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
    –noun
    3. any impenetrably or unyieldingly hard substance.
    4. a legendary stone of impenetrable hardness, formerly sometimes identified with the diamond

    I can only imagine some of the applications for this new material. I wonder when the first commercial products using this will turn up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet502 View Post
    Are the new ceramics from the space program?
    I don't think so but I read about them and others at: www.spacedaily.com
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    I am thinking a blimp filled with hydrogen. Don't ask me why. I think has something to do with watching mythbuster way to much.
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    Re: New wonder material, one-atom thick, has scientists abuzz

    Quote Originally Posted by darndot View Post
    I am thinking a blimp filled with hydrogen. Don't ask me why. I think has something to do with watching mythbuster way to much.
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