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Graphene’s Properties Have Been Tested in Micro-Gravity for the First Time

Graphene’s Properties Have Been Tested in Micro-Gravity for the First Time

Everyone’s favorite wonder-material has moved beyond the boundaries of gravity in its latest round of testing. The material was brought aboard a parabolic flight, where a plane alternated climbing and diving in a regular rhythm to simulate micro-gravity for brief intervals of about 23 seconds at a time. These flights are often affectionately referred to as the “vomit comet,” as they tend to inspire some queasiness in humans. The graphene aboard, however, endured the environment and performed well.

Rippling Graphene Sheets May Be the Key to Clean, Unlimited Energy

Rippling Graphene Sheets May Be the Key to Clean, Unlimited Energy

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have invented a nano-scale power generatorthat could potentially use the movement of graphene to produce clean, unlimited energy. Called a Vibration Energy Harvester, this development provides evidence for the theory that two-dimensional materials could be a source of usable energy.

Graphene isn’t the only Lego in the materials-science toy box

Graphene isn’t the only Lego in the materials-science toy box

You may have heard of graphene, a sheet of pure carbon, one atom thick, that’s all the rage in materials-science circles, and getting plenty of media hype as well. Reports have trumpeted graphene as an ultra-thin, super-strong, super-conductive, super-flexible material. You could be excused for thinking it might even save all of humanity from certain doom.