Midnight In The Desert — materials

Scientists Have Turned Cooking Oil Into a Material 200 Times Stronger Than Steel

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Scientists Have Turned Cooking Oil Into a Material 200 Times Stronger Than Steel

Researchers have found a way to turn cheap, everyday cooking oil into the wonder material graphene – a technique that could greatly reduce the cost of making the much-touted nanomaterial. Graphene is a single sheet of carbon atoms with incredible properties – it’s 200 times stronger than steel, harder than diamond, and incredibly flexible. Under certain conditions, it can even be turned into a superconductor that carries electricity with zero resistance. That means the material has the potential to make better electronics, more effective solar cells, and could even be used in medicine. Last year, a study suggested that graphene...

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Only One Artist Allowed To Use Blackest Material In The World?

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Only One Artist Allowed To Use Blackest Material In The World?

It's really neat, but many artists are furious that the exclusive rights to use the ultra-black material in art have been given to Anish Kapoor a sculptor. Surrey NanoSystems is restricting the use of Vantablack in art, but not other areas, citing the difficulty of actually using the material, and their basic desire not to deal with the customs headache of exporting it from the UK. Vantablack is not a paint or a pigment, as Surrey NanoSystems points out in their FAQ's: Vantablack is generally not suitable for use in art due to the way in which it's made. Vantablack...

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