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Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world...yet

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Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster — some day. For the past 15 years, consumers have been hearing about this wonder material and all the ways it could change everything. Is it really almost here, or is it another promise that is perpetually just one more breakthrough away? Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMl Like Verge Science on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2hoSukO Follow on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Kr29B9 Follow on Instagram: https://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com Community guidelines: http://bit.ly/2D0hlAv Subscribe to Verge on YouTube for explainers, product reviews, technology news, and more: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs
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Verge Science (2 months ago)
Which graphene-based technology are you most excited for?
Aishwarya Deshmukh (13 days ago)
Verge Science space applications
anuj (1 month ago)
wall paint circuits... :D
Josh Foulkes (2 months ago)
Old Wolf ill pass on having my phone the width of paper
De LaLuchi (2 months ago)
So be true
Filler_Erodo (2 months ago)
Where can I find the music that was playing during the video?
The Doppleganger (33 minutes ago)
Calling it right now: graphene condoms, 100% safe. That will jump start the industry.
Pequin1000 (48 minutes ago)
Even more annoying, where are the hover cars and indestructible cds? Tomorrow’s world was a con.
Peter Breis (2 hours ago)
Graphene will be the new asbestos if we saturate our environment with it like we have with everything else.
brainsapper (3 hours ago)
Graphene can do everything except leave the lab.
Antonio Arriaga (4 hours ago)
Graphene is like the Vidranium
EF JO (5 hours ago)
Carbon nano tubes
Baharudin Albar (8 hours ago)
so flex tape made with this graphene???? hmmmmmmmmmm
Zinx (9 hours ago)
Shouldnt a sheet of graphene be extremely sharp by its edges?
Who am I? (11 hours ago)
Imagine a Nokia Phone made out of graphene!
Romit Pal Chowdhury (12 hours ago)
Is graphene bio-degradable?
Prikly -Roblox and more! (16 hours ago)
Today:PENS, 15 years ago:pencils
Russ Hamilton (17 hours ago)
But there is a z coordinate.
The Archangel (1 day ago)
There are theories that graphene is quite possibly the most dynamic and most useful material on the planet. Its applications are... well, immeasurable.
IIBalisticZach YEET (1 day ago)
Elevator to the moon 😂😂😂😂😂😂 I don’t think so bud in your dreams 😝
derrick johnston (1 day ago)
hydrogen cells
Latrell Mcknight (1 day ago)
I though there were grapine jacket
Matthew Spear (1 day ago)
"it seemed like the graphene's were stuck, going nowhere, with noone to steer the ship of their inevitable world take over. Which is why I decided to step in, my company Lex Corp. is going to change the world, you'll see. All of you shall soon see, for whom the bell tolls!"
hey, look this ( https://www.vittoria.com/eu/wheel-technology ) is a bicycle industrie that provides carbon wheels with graphene. Yeah its really amazing. here in brazil we have a private institute focused in graphene study. is the Mackgraphe (https://www.mackenzie.br/mackgraphe/) i hope had helped you . thanks
Shelly Dawn Early (1 day ago)
This makes me ask the question of When scientists create, do they think about long range effects to the environment and our living beings?
Albert Bryan (1 day ago)
Reengineered from the aliens lol.
Albert Bryan (1 day ago)
Are we talking carbon fiber here? Already in place. Cars, planes, etc.
Albert Bryan (1 day ago)
If it cuts down on so called disposable plastics I'm for it.
Matt Bershinsky (1 day ago)
I am very exited to see what it can do for the ski industry, maybe putting a sheet into our skis, or implementing it into our sidewalls/bases
Croatia Today's (1 day ago)
#elevator to 🌒?!🤪🤪😁😁😎😎👍👍
Steve Vestel (1 day ago)
Where can I get some?
maylien (1 day ago)
Does it have health or environmental risks?
Peteto Chibs (1 day ago)
I'm not too excited about graphene to be honest. I'm quite excited about aluminium. A material that will become very cheap due to the infinite recyclability. It's a cool material. It's also very environmentally friendly, something I don't think graphene will be. It'll probably be the next plastic, the next problem material we need to find new solutions for. A new headache.
Charlie K (1 day ago)
Why is there a [email protected] irritating music accompanying many videos?
Balaji SM (1 day ago)
Solar cells
Wolfie (1 day ago)
Why are there dislikes?
amg2u (1 day ago)
You didn't answer this question, why.
Soniti1324 (1 day ago)
A question for inquiry: What happened to Optogenetics? After that TED talk back around 2010-11, it seemed like the pharmaceutical industry was on the precipice of the most fundamental paradigm shift since the discovery of antibiotics. Where is this technology presently, and what are its hurdles yet to be overcome on its way to market emergence?
a regular viewer (1 day ago)
god imagine a graphene headphone cable finally i wouldn't have to go buy another one every week
phenomenalwoman6111 (1 day ago)
What kind of waste does graphine produce? Cuz we all know the harm plastic is doing.
Could you have a look at CNTs? They appear to have the potential for wide application, such as in desalination filters and exhaust scrubber technology. Not quite yet for precision engineering though, as most that are produced in a batch aren't homogenous.
asma bikai (2 days ago)
They are so amazing received $21,000 hack transfer from kryptohacker.wordpress,com
KamidakeRed (2 days ago)
The world moves to slowly... Money, Politics and Corporate motivations hinder advancement.
omega styles (2 days ago)
So.. Its basically vibranium
Simon P (2 days ago)
I would love to see it in mobile phones as circuitry or part of a battery. Also in tech watches or clothing.
Gummy_Bear (2 days ago)
so... how to destroy it?
jared current (2 days ago)
Head makes skis with this stuff
David Edwards (2 days ago)
Is Graphene worth more than graphite
Alex Anthony (2 days ago)
Head Graphene 360 tennis racquet.
Mussie Tesfay (2 days ago)
There is a big difference between silicon, a semi-conductor and graphene/carbon, an excellent conductor. Graphene cannot replace silicon.
Marck Bombay (3 days ago)
A graphene battery would definitely change the world. I'd be really glad because i want more range out of my electric Skateboard (Evolve Electric Skateboard).
Blair James (3 days ago)
Apparently graphene would be useful for liner in molten salt reactors. High temperature salt is very corrosive - hopefully graphene is the solution to this huge engineering problem.
what (3 days ago)
halloween costumes with lights. im thinkin a very accurate Tron costume.
Scott Loomis (3 days ago)
We won't know about this compound till the 1% that rules the world can make more money on it than fossil fuels and all other natural resources are used up. NEVER EVER TRUST THE GOV. NEVER TRUST ANYTHING TOLD TO US
Zolfried (3 days ago)
but wont graphene be slower breaking down after we throw it away?.. if it does, the world need better recycling habits b4 we introduce graphene en masse or else the enviroment might suffer bigtime..
Marvel outfits lol..dope
RUDEZEBRA (3 days ago)
I'm still waiting for the flying car that I was promised in the 50's!!
Bruno Costa (3 days ago)
Nice video! do one on Vabranium just for the laughs... should be interesting for all superhero fans.
skistarno2 (3 days ago)
This is so well filmed, I love the editing. Shout out to whoever made that happen.
Ferin Sharaf (3 days ago)
That ain't no graphene. That's vibranium
Dave Hyler (3 days ago)
Because when electrons travel through a graphene sheet, they act as if they have no mass!
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm420 (3 days ago)
The space guy mixing metric and imperial measures - having 1.5 kg of graphene in a 30 gallon drum - might go some way in explaining why it's going nowhere.
Hemanth Kumar (3 days ago)
On those who comment against this idea, remember how much of carbon we have got around us which is tapping heat and causing global warming. Maybe if we can suck all these carbons from varied pollutants by breaking their bond and use it for some purpose would lead to a solution for global warming.
Bob Greene (3 days ago)
Graphene makes immediate sense for automobile and industrial tires. Conventional tires are way overpriced, despite the global glut of oil, and (of course) the tire makers are not complaining. With graphene, tires will last longer and sustain extraordinary road impacts for greatly increased safety and performance.
Akyaki (3 days ago)
x9x9x9x9x9 (3 days ago)
I am so stoked last time I checked on graphene the problem was making it in mass quantities. Now we have the ability to make it in mass! So next is finding the right implementations. I have no doubts it will be something common in the future look at carbon fiber. It was a super material in the 80's and 90's and now its becoming really common.
A Real Door (3 days ago)
Would graphene work well in roofing materials?
Paddy Mc (3 days ago)
Lol, I'm still trying to get over graphite pens!
Ken Johnston (3 days ago)
If I was to buy Stock in Graphene... or it's use/manufacture, where would I go? ,Ken in Hawaii
Machtyn (3 days ago)
plastic is nice. composite materials have really helped society improve quality of life over the past 40+ years. Certainly computers and electronics... that are made with composite materials. It'll be interesting to see if graphene becomes a consumer common product.
Lightup Darkness (3 days ago)
Graphene Weights jk
Dylan Downright (3 days ago)
There's no money in making products that might outlive the person buying it. You don't think that the car manufacturers can't make engines that get 100mpg? Or will never need oil changes? It's the petro-dollar, opec, the deep state, and the nwo, they want to own all the world's resources and make us pay for it.
Ryan Stanley (3 days ago)
Great video.
Brian Bassett (3 days ago)
Ok, I want a graphene bike belt in my stocking.
Jazzyy (3 days ago)
Hey I need a superhero suit made out of graphene.
Kenny Xu (3 days ago)
alright youtube i finally watched this video you can rest now
Scott Manthey (3 days ago)
My favorite golf ball from Callaway has it in it. So far the testing shows it doesn't really make any difference but that is the first place I've seen it used in a mass production, consumer product kind of way. Nice video, thanks.
Marcos Castro (4 days ago)
How can I start a study to develop a industrial process to produze It?
Zico Dgra (4 days ago)
CyberPunk 2077 on the wearable tech
cipher88101 (4 days ago)
I'm gonna guess it's because it's so easily trapped by common scotch tape. ;)
Skelton Slay8er (4 days ago)
Wouldn’t the elevator break because the earth spins faster than the moon.
Artur Schreiber (4 days ago)
Colleague decrease survey relationship valuable provided command sue.
Todd Baumer (4 days ago)
Someone needs to take a risk & PUSH IT TO MORE MARKETS FAST AT HIGHER PRICES. Think LED vs incandescent bulbs. Yeah manufacturers won’t be able to sell replacement parts as often- but they should ask themselves- is that a bad thing? (Besides money, of course).
Bluesky (4 days ago)
They had LEDs invented when I was in high school in the early seventies. It's only been in the last 10 years they have been commercially available for about 10 years now. It has to be refined and cheaply produced too.
dCip (4 days ago)
What kind of effect does the production/use of graphene have on our environment?
Imal Thanthrige (4 days ago)
Sri Lanka is the only region in the world that produces vein (lump) graphite
Kampsy (4 days ago)
This is the stuff that was in the suit daredevil got made for him from that smith who works in his garage
larry gonz (3 hours ago)
yes underware soo thin its only see thru from the side.so dont stand sideways
smashbrosproductions (2 days ago)
From the same world that gave us a space metal that can completely rob kinetic energy of objects that come into contact with it, and another one based around it that is considered completely indestructible. As well as one that can harbor enchantments and be susceptible to magical energy.
Advaith Bala (4 days ago)
Sean Nguyen (4 days ago)
0:37-0:41 smh
Mizo Book Club (4 days ago)
Noooo, don't make more plastic and its cousinssss pleaseeeeee -Mothernature
Playing Games (4 days ago)
Good catch. Stay curious, and keep looking.
Englandsbestlover (4 days ago)
Graphene condoms would be great.
juanthestabber (4 days ago)
Materials to check out: Vibranium Adamantium Uru Metal
Dorian Grey (4 days ago)
I want to watch this. I want to enjoy this. But after seeing your pc building tutorial I wonder how you can be trusted with anything?
Could this take the place of sheets of plywood or steel decking to support concrete slabs????
nlmckay2000 (4 days ago)
I still don't know why it hasn't taken over the world yet
Artful Scientist (4 days ago)
"It just is better". Who in the corporate world says this hahaha brilliant
FlipPlayz (4 days ago)
But is it as strong as flex tape
Justin D (4 days ago)
This video did not explain to me what was stated in title, it only further promoted Graphene.
Frank Lloyd Wright (4 days ago)
Breathing it?
Zion Strickland (4 days ago)
Considering how easy it is to make, wouldn’t it be cheaper to make stuff out of Graphene rather then (insert material name here)?
Jari Fuller (4 days ago)
wearable electronic...want!
kenshnx20 (4 days ago)
can it be added to glass?
dschonsie (5 days ago)
because it's peaceful
Alenn G'Kar (5 days ago)
♥ that statement. Nobody cares what is it until it is better.

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