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Have you guys (ladies?) read about graphene? Possibly the most significant discovery of the 21st century. Since 2004 the applications for graphene and processes for producing graphene have advanced practically exponentially.
It can work as a fast-charging ultra capacitor.
It is 100 times stronger than steel.
It is conductive.
It is flexible AND stretchable.
It is transparent.
It is made of nothing but carbon.
"In addition to its potential uses in electronics, graphene might have applications in water treatment, oil spill clean-up and even in the production of thinner condoms."
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.
It's exciting and if developed could spell the end to legacy, harmful ways from which we create power for the grid.
Imagine a tube that is placed within your gutter downspouts that allows water to run along it, effectively creating electricity which is then stored within your home for use later. No more electric bills. Or a boat with a strip of it attached to the bottom of the hull effectively creating endlessly energy for an electric engine. Or energy stations out in the ocean allowing tide movement to drag water along graphene surfaces, piping the energy to the mainland. No more nuclear power req'd.
And most importantly, energon cubes.
Remember that idiot Scotsman who thought his transparent aluminium was the shit?
I said it first
•A: 2017 - a new fuel cell is discovered that can power your house for a full year on a liter of piss. Earth saved
one question, who do we have to bomb the fuck out of to get it?
someone mentioned graphene here a week or so ago and that was pretty much my response.
sad but true, if your country is the only one with graphene, watch the fuck out future terrorists.
Carbon is most abundant element on planet Earth. No need to worry.
- Humans are made of carbon. They will bomb youukit2
- actually high quality graphite is harder to come by, turns out China has most of the worlds supply_niko
- Yeah, and oxygen is the most abundant element on earth, representing 47% of its mass by weightsarahfailin
- ahem, no, that's only in the earth's crustmonospaced
What about thorium, wasn't that supposed to save us all?
Graphene doesn't occur naturally, it has to be produced from sheets of carbon one atom thick.
Methods are being developed to generate graphene faster, but it's currently a lengthy process.
It's amazing stuff, but I wonder, given the laws of conservation of energy, if the energy used to create it might negate its benefits (especially in terms of generating charge using water).
As a manufacturing material in the future though, it's very exciting
i'm down for a condom one atom thick
I've seen graphene made but so far its strength seems like a theory it seems. I've searched around and they are predicting its practical use by 2030
come one people...I want a graphene cell phone now!
fuck off science, trying to convince the left-wing hippies that we can save the earth without getting off with trees while listening to dub-reggae through our dreadlocks.
It smells like burnt lotion in here.
Graphite is the 15th most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust and has three forms: diamonds, coal, and graphite. Graphite comes in the form of Carbon (C) and is often denoted as Cg, with the 'g' specifying the form of carbon. Graphite is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and has the highest natural strength and stiffness of any material known today. It maintains its strength and stability to temperatures in excess of 3,600°. At the same time it is one of the lightest of all reinforcing agents and has high natural lubricity.
There are three types of graphite found naturally; these are flake, lump, and amorphous. Flake graphite commands the highest demand due to the versatility of use yet has the lowest supply. This creates a premium price for flake graphite with larger flake sizes having higher prices than a smaller flake size of equal purity.