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Endohedral Fullerenes: The world’s most expensive material priced at around $145 million per gram

If you had $145 million to spare, consider buying a gram of endohedral fullerenes. Touted as the world’s most expensive material, proceeded only by the elusive antimatter, endohedral fullerenes could potentially change the way we keep time. According to scientists at Oxford University, this wonder material could help miniaturize atomic clocks, allowing them to be…




SAC: A half-solid, half-liquid material that can self-heal and even ‘regain’ its original form

In August of last year, we harped about a self-healing electrical circuit that is capable of 'regenerating' its conductivity even when broken into two pieces. This time around, researchers from the Rice University have concocted a half-solid, half-liquid adaptive material that can not only self-heal but also 'restrengthen' itself into its original form even after…




NERD: A Nanoscopic Humidity Sensor Built Using Graphene Quantum Dots and Bacterial Spores

While the age of robots is still very much prevalent, one can nevertheless discern a slow, yet unmistakable rise of another, quite related field of interest. By combining the intuitiveness of living organisms with the versatility of robots, researchers, across the world, are trying to develop highly-advanced biological machinery. As part of a recent study on bio-robotics…



8 potential uses of graphene – the ‘elusive’ wonder material

For the uninitiated, graphene is actually an allotrope of carbon (just like diamond) - but it comes with two-dimensional, one-atom thick structure which is arranged like a lattice comprising of hexagons. Interestingly, the first intentional isolation of graphene in the lab was successfully achieved only in 2004. However, within a space of just 11 years,…