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Video Explains What Graphene Is And Why It's A Magic Material

So what’s the deal with graphene and why does everyone think it’s the next big thing? Well, as SciShow says, it conducts electricity better than silver, it conducts heat better than diamonds and even though it’s only one atom thick, it’s even stronger than steel. So why isn’t it more popular and everywhere?


There's A New Material That's So Black You Can't See It

A team of British researchers has created a record-breaking material, but you might struggle to tell — because it’s so black that you can barely see it. The new material, called Vantablack, is a coating made using carbon nanotubes, which absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visible light.


Magic Fabric Doesn't Catch Fire After Being Doused With Molten Aluminium

The molten aluminium being poured out onto the thin black fabric is bubbling at a scorching 816C. That’s hot. And yet for all the heat and fire and flame power, the magic fabric easily withstands the burning liquid metal. The fabric doesn’t catch fire, it doesn’t get burnt through, and there’s not a single hole in it. What is this sorcery?


Making Plastic, Fertiliser And Superglue Out Of Thin Air

What to do with an environment-wrecking molecule like carbon dioxide? The gas behind global warming and ocean acidification enjoys a pretty rough reputation these days, but scientists have been working on ingenious ways to put carbon dioxide to good use. A little electricity, it turns out, can transform the waste gas into raw material for making plastic bottles, antifreeze, fuel and more.


How The Carbon Cycle Dictates Our Lives

Carbon is the fundamental element which all life on our planet is based on — but it’s also much maligned for its role in climate change. So which is it, friend or foe?


We Could Build Entire Cities Out Of Greenhouse Gas Some Day

A team from the University of Newcastle is perfecting a method of capturing carbon emissions and transforming them into carbonate rock bricks. They’re just part of a wave of efforts by scientists who hope to tame carbon in order to shape a greener future.


New Carbon Supermaterial Is Stronger Than Graphene And Diamond

Move over graphene; get outta here diamond. There’s a new carbon supermaterial in town, and it’s stronger and stiffer than either of you.


NASA Finding Organics On Mars Is Nothing To Get Excited About

The internet is awash with news that NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has detected carbon compounds on Mars. Some people may have you believe that the news suggests there’s life on Mars — but don’t get too excited just yet.


New York City's CO2 Emissions, Visualised

In 2010, New York City pumped out 54 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. That figure’s close to meaningless for most of us, though — so here’s what it would look like if you could actually see it.


Scientists Are Making Computer Chips Of The Future Out Of Carbon Nanotubes

Scientists have developed a way to manufacture a new breed of computer chips that use carbon nanotubes in the place of silicon.