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Graphene: The Miracle Material

Graphene is the world's thinnest material. A form of carbon, this "miracle material" is a one-atom-thick layer of graphite, such as is found in pencil lead. That's 100,000 times thinner than a standard sheet of paper.

Graphene, which netted the University of Manchester scientists who were experimenting on it the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, is an exceptionally good conductor of electricity and heat and is very strong, flexible, and stable.

Graphene research holds promise for improving computer chips, light amplifications, and solar cells, among a myriad of other potential applications.

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