Posts Tagged: ‘carbon’

You Asked: How will graphene change the world? Marshall Brain Answered: Graphene is a very simple substance – it is made of carbon atoms perfectly arranged as an atom-thick mesh. Think about a net made of carbon atoms, each bonded to its three nearest neighbors to form a honeycomb pattern. You can see the atomic […]

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Although diamonds are incredibly expensive, they’re only lumps of concentrated carbon (one of the most common elements on earth). So how do these diamonds form — and how big can they grow? Tune in and learn why the largest diamonds may be in space.

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Carbon fiber is now common in everything from tennis rackets to bicycle frames. It is a big part of Formula 1 cars and many supercars as well. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses carbon fiber extensively. Why has carbon fiber become so popular? The following video gives you a nice introduction to the fiber…

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The Myth, the Math, the Sex – “One survey, recently reported by the federal government, concluded that men had a median of seven female sex partners. Women had a median of four male sex partners. Another study, by British researchers, stated that men had 12.7 heterosexual partners in their lifetimes and women had 6.5. But […]

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When you think of future bone replacement methods, you probably either imagine cultivated, lab-grown tissue or some manner of steel and plastic implants. You probably don’t think of wood — at least not inside you. Too many weird “George Washington had carved chompers” connotations to think about. Yet Discovery News is reporting a new procedure may make it possible to turn a block of wood into artificial bone. It’s not simply a matter of whittling a femur out of red oak, though.

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When it comes to environmentally-friendly use of resources, are computers a better option than paper? Tune in as the TechStuff guys tackle the complicated topic of electricity versus paper in this podcast from

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My father-in-law is a fan of the site and loves discussing article topics with me. A couple of months back, we wound up discussing methods of tinkering with the environment and brought up the ridiculous notion of setting off nuclear weapons to counter global warming. I blogged about this a while ago. Anyway, my father-in-law recommended another strategy: set off some volcanoes.

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