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Phaedo
22-05-2011, 12:21 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/9491789.stm


The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for silicon and change the future of computers and other devices forever.

Graphene has been touted as the "miracle material" of the 21st Century.

Said to be the strongest material ever measured, an improvement upon and a replacement for silicon and the most conductive material known to man, its properties have sent the science world - and subsequently the media - into a spin.

Obviously early days, but he potential of this is pretty mindblowing.

Lowry
22-05-2011, 09:15 AM
"25-inch flexible touchscreen"...I'm very excited...

alex
23-05-2011, 12:05 PM
i heard on the guardian science podcast last year that the makers produced it by continually shaving a sheet of graphite (hope that's correct)

HMGovt
23-05-2011, 03:22 PM
"According to the Nobel prize committee, a hypothetical one-metre-square hammock of perfect graphene could support a four-kilogram cat - the hammock would weigh 0.77 milligrams, less than a cat's whisker, and would be virtually invisible." - Richard Van Noorden, Nature Magazine

Mr. Tea
23-05-2011, 06:10 PM
God, carbon can be such a show-off, can't it? First the elementary constituent of all known life, then diamonds and now this...