We need a whole thread just to bask in the Clarke-tech awesomeness of graphene.
Super aluminum-graphene battery has a 5-second charging time
They claim to have developed a novel aluminum-graphene battery that is more cold-resistant, can work in temperatures ranging from -40 C to 120 C and is less flammable.
The battery, which has a positive pole made up of graphene thin film and a negative pole of aluminum, can retain 91 percent of its capacity even after 250,000 charge/discharge circles, a marked improvement compared with the lithium battery.
Two-Layer Graphene becomes a Diamond-Hard Material on Impact which could make super armor
Scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, worked to theorize and test how two layers of graphene — each one-atom thick — could be made to transform into a diamond-like material upon impact at room temperature. The team also found the moment of conversion resulted in a sudden reduction of electric current, suggesting diamene could have interesting electronic and spintronic properties. The new findings will likely have applications in developing wear-resistant protective coatings and ultra-light bullet-proof films.
And there was something I saw a few weeks ago, about graphene sneakers. Welcome to 2018.Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year
Running shoes and graphene were made for each other. One is always in search of the latest gimmick and the other has produced some of the most stunning in recent memory. The University of Manchester, long a leading force in research surrounding the one-atom-thick material, has teamed up with British sportswear brand inov-8 to bring graphene to footwear.
Unlike most of the research we’ve seen around science’s recent favorite miracle material, these things are headed to the market in our lifetimes — a seeming miracle in and of itself. In fact, they’re due out next year, priced at a steep, but not completely unreasonable, £140 and £150 (around $200 on the high end).