Welcome to the Low-Cost Future: Graphene and Silly Putty

Welcome to the Low-Cost Future: Graphene and Silly Putty

Gunpowder was accidentally invented by a Taoist seeking an immortality elixir. Charles Goodyear accidentally spilled rubber on a stove–only to discover that heating it (vulcanization) made it more durable, weatherproof, and an all-around better product. In our...
Big Explosion Creates Graphene in Large Quantities

Big Explosion Creates Graphene in Large Quantities

Most scientists try to avoid and prevent accidental explosions from occurring in the lab. Unintended explosions can be dangerous and wasteful. Not to mention–they’re rarely productive. This explosion was an exception. With a bit of serendipity, physicists at...
How Graphene-Based Contrast Agents Improve MRI Scans

How Graphene-Based Contrast Agents Improve MRI Scans

MRI scans, which generate images of the inside of the body, are important tools when it comes to testing, diagnosing, and detecting internal abnormalities. MRIs sometimes use contrast agents to improve visibility, which, though mostly safe and effective, remain...