New Sensor Could Make Night Vision Contact Lenses A Reality

It sounds like something from a spy thriller movie: putting on contact lenses that give you infrared vision without the need for a bulky contraption that covers your face. But now, thanks to research at the University of Michigan, such a contact lens is a real possibility. » 3/21/14 9:40am 3/21/14 9:40am

Graphene ‘miracle material’ could be toxic to humans

Two-dimensional graphene may be poised to revolutionize much of materials science, but a recent study has shown that this one-atom-thick material could present some serious health risks inside the human body. The problem? It's so thin that it can slice directly into our cells. » 7/15/13 10:55am 7/15/13 10:55am

Microscopic carbon probe can measure the activity of a single neuron

Scientists have used carbon nanotubes to engineer an astonishingly small electrode, pictured here, that is thin and long enough to record electrical activity within individual neurons. » 6/24/13 9:40am 6/24/13 9:40am

Meet the scientific accident that could change the world

Last year, researchers at UCLA made a rather fantastic, if serendipitous, discovery. A team of scientists led by chemist Richard Kaner had just finished devising an efficient method for producing high-quality sheets of the Nobel-prize winning supermaterial known as graphene... with a consumer-grade DVD drive. That… » 2/26/13 12:40pm 2/26/13 12:40pm

This video shows why two-dimensional wonder material graphene is about …

There's little doubt that graphene is set to be the next big thing in materials technology. At a mere one atom thick, it is incredibly flexible, eternally stretchy, conductive, and self-cooling. And as time passes, we are truly getting a better sense of the possibilities, including such things as video screens as thin … » 10/10/12 2:40pm 10/10/12 2:40pm

How to turn a box of girl scout cookies into 15 billion dollars

This video shows how, just by rearranging some carbon atoms, a $5 box of Girl Scout cookies becomes a $15 billion hunk of industrial material. In fact, rearranging the atoms of just about any old carbon source — including a standard pencil lead — into thin sheets of carbon atoms called graphene can turn a pretty… » 8/05/11 7:20am 8/05/11 7:20am

Making nanomaterials just got a lot easier

Graphene is pretty cool stuff. It's the foundation of a lot of nanomaterials, and when it's only a single atom thick, it can stretch eternally in two dimensions. When it's more than one atom thick it behaves very differently, becoming graphite (which you often find in pencils). We already know a pretty easy way to get … » 3/04/11 8:30am 3/04/11 8:30am

Water plus graphene will soon equal computers

Graphene was hailed as a miracle substance. Easy to make and cheap to acquire, it could help with anything from DNA sequencing to power production. Now, thanks to water and physics, it could soon be turned into a computer. » 10/26/10 5:00pm 10/26/10 5:00pm