You may have noticed we're fans of graphene around here, and now we have another reason to love graphene: it may revolutionize water desalination.
Researchers at Stanford University and the U.
As you may have heard, graphene is awesome.
Cell phone batteries are, at best, problematic: just ask anybody who bought an iPhone 4S and discovered it sucked power like a Decepticon on a bender.
As you may have noticed, we've got a bit of a nerd crush on a very special carbon allotrope, graphene.
Graphene is pretty simple stuff: it's an allotrope of carbon that's a sheet, one atom thick, of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice.
The latest nano-material to get nanotech researchers all hot and bothered is Graphene: a one-atom-thick honeycomb of carbon atoms that looks like it can do everything from making much more powerful batteries to replacing silicon as the semiconductor material of choice.
Ahhhh, computers, reliable both for doing exactly what you tell them to, even if that's not what you want at all, and being made out of silicon.
Two Russian born scientists at the University of Manchester in England, Andre Geim (pictured) and Konstantin Novoselov, just won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their experiments with graphene (more on that awesome material later).