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Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy from raindrops

Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

Magnets made without metals, thanks to graphene

Olomouc - Creating magnetics from materials other than metals could lead to many technological advances, especially with semiconductors. For the first time, a non-metallic magnet has been developed using graphene.

Satellite powering technology makes power stations more efficient

Researchers have successfully used graphene to reinvent abandoned heat energy converter technology and to make it more efficient. This will be used to boost the output from older power stations.

First use of graphene to find cancer cells

Much has been written about graphene and its flexible structure and highly conductive properties. Most early applications have been with electronics. Now attention turns to medical use.

Connected wearable garment fashioned from graphene

Manchester - Graphene is the basis of a new generation of flexible and efficient electronic devices. It has now been used to fabricate a garment, and the garment is suitable for the latest wearable technology.

Soybeans hold key to stronger graphene

Graphene is the material of the modern age: strong, light, flexible and highly conductive. It is the basis of a new generation of wearable electronics. To improve the material further, researchers have been looking at the humble soybean.

Stretchable wearable putty-based sensor devised

A new, stretchable wearable sensor has been devised inspired by the children’s toy silly putty. The bio-sensor is made from a polymer together with the flexible material graphene.

Graphene-based aircraft promises new generation of flight

Manchester - The world's first graphene-enhanced aircraft has been produced. The craft, called Prospero, is the first aircraft to incorporate a graphene skinned wing. The craft has recently had its maiden flight.

Graphene holds the key to next-gen hybrid cars

A new innovation proves that graphene is the most remarkable material of our times. Graphene nanotube pillars hold the key for manufacturing next-generation hydrogen fueled cars.

Silkworms that munch on graphene make stronger silk

A new study from China has found that by adding anno-sized fragments of graphene to the diet of silkworms results in the larvae producing stronger and more resilient silk.

Essential Science: Making dirty water drinkable

In many parts of the world water is not fit for people to drink. Technologies to render dirty water drinkable are limited by size and cost. Now a lower cost solution is on the horizon, based on graphene.

Exploring the properties of graphene with bacteria

Nanoscale ripples can be introduced onto the surface of graphene through the use of microscopic organisms. Scientists have used rod-shaped bacteria to alter the conduction of electricity on sheets of graphene.

Graphene helps boost oil recovery

Improving the recovery of oil helps to utilize resources better and allows oil companies to maximize efficiency. Central to this is graphene, possibly the most important material of our age.

New graphene based material leads to flexible screens

Exeter - A new technique, using the carbon based material graphene, should mean that fold-away electronics are a step closer to being a reality.

Essential Science: New flexible electronic material self-heals

One of the limitations with wearable technology is that many of the items are brittle. The material structure has not progressed at the rate of technological innovation. A new self-healing material aims to bridge this gap.

Highly flexible lights made from graphene

Graphene has been successfully used as the basis of a new generation of flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). These lights are flexible, being based on a plastic material.

Graphene used to make air detector for the home

Southampton - Graphene, the carbon allotrope, has a new application. The versatile material is the basis of a new home air detector, designed to assess pollution levels.

Introducing carbyne — A material stronger than graphene

A form of carbon, called carbyne, has successfully been stabilized in the laboratory. The research team behind the feat have declared the material to be stronger than graphene.

Making graphene more efficient by crumpling it

The material graphene, which has many remarkable properties, can be improved in efficiency through its shape being altered. New research shows that the topography can enhance some of graphene’s already interesting properties.

Graphene based material de-ices helicopter blades

Researchers have developed a form of graphene that can effectively de-ice helicopter blades. The application should make the flying of the aircraft easier and safer, especially during the winter months.

Graphene elastomer is more sensitive than human skin

A new material, sponge-like and based on graphene, exhibits a high sensitivity. It could be the basis of next-generation robots.

What you should know about the top science stories of 2015 Special

2015 has been an exciting year for science news and insights. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Graphene paired with 'white graphene' for new electronics

So-called "white graphene" (hexagonal boron nitride) can be paired with graphene to create ultra-thin electronics in preparation for a new generation of electronic devices.

Essential Science: Graphene makes improved night vision tech

Graphene is the "wonder material" of our age, discovered just ten years ago. The scientific properties of the material are varied, from electronics to power systems. A new use applies to improved ways of penetrating the dark.

Super accurate stopwatch made from graphene

Dresden - In a new application of the "super material" graphene, researchers have used ultra-thin flakes of graphene to construct a very fast and very accurate stopwatch.

Super-thin graphene developed for next gen devices

Swinburne University of Technology scientists have developed an even thinner form of graphene in preparation for next-generation devices, including nano-scale surgery.

Graphene Oxide Biosensors speed up drug research

Moscow - Each week a new application of the material graphene seems to emerge. The latest application is with developing sensors used for screening candidate drugs in the search for more effective medications.

Investing in the future of graphene, as lab scoops $4.5 million

Manchester - Graphene is heralded as the wonder material that will lead to a range of improved electronic devices. It was discovered 10 years ago at the University of Manchester, and the pioneering institution has just been awarded a large grant.

Using 3D printing to keep power plants cool

Scientists have used new 3D printing methods to produce heat exchangers to cool down power plants and improve energy efficiency.

Graphene is the key to the car of the future

Manchester - Graphene could be the key to more fuel efficient vehicles, leading to a generation of cars where less fuel is needed for each pump stop. It all comes down to heat efficiency.
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Graphene disrupts signals on cancer stem cell membrane.
Graphene disrupts signals on cancer stem cell membrane.
K. Novoselov/University of Manchester
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathin...
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathing via a contracting graphene band around the models waist,
University of Manchester
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional  atomic-scale  honey-comb lattic...
Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.
University of Manchester
Dr. Johnny Coleman investigates G-Putty.
Dr. Johnny Coleman investigates G-Putty.
Trinity College, Dublin
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been ep...
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown on 6H-SiC(0001)
Argonne National Laboratory
Researchers at Rice printed wwls  the university s mascot  in hydrogen atoms on a graphene substrate...
Researchers at Rice printed wwls, the university's mascot, in hydrogen atoms on a graphene substrate, turning it into a graphane superlattice suitable for organic chemistry, then "lit up" the Owls by coating them with a fluorophore and viewing them through fluorescence quenching microscopy.
Zhengzong Sun/Rice University
Carbyne is a long one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms linked one to the other.
Carbyne is a long one-dimensional chain of carbon atoms linked one to the other.
Lei Shi/Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna
UK Chancellor George Osborne is shown a graphene light bulb by graphene discoverer Sir Konstantin No...
UK Chancellor George Osborne is shown a graphene light bulb by graphene discoverer Sir Konstantin Novoselov as the National Graphene Institute is opened in March 2015
BBC
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathin...
The dress is complete with a graphene sensor which captures the rate in which the wearer is breathing via a contracting graphene band around the models waist.
University of Manchester
Making a superlattice with patterns of hydrogenated graphene is the first step in making the materia...
Making a superlattice with patterns of hydrogenated graphene is the first step in making the material suitable for organic chemistry. The process was developed in the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour.
Tour Lab/Rice University
The aircraft is a collaboration between UCLan aerospace experts and academics from The University of...
The aircraft is a collaboration between UCLan aerospace experts and academics from The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI). The graphene enhanced materials were produced by industrial partners Haydale Composite Solutions and the vehicle was manufactured by Tasuma.
University of Lancashire