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    Alexandra Bruce
    October 14, 2014

    O graphene! How do we love thee?
    Let us count the ways.

    You are the most conductive
    substance yet discovered, even in
    the most infintesimal of amounts –

    Electrical cars will soon be able to
    be charged with amazing speed, due
    to your mind-boggling conductivity.

    You perform all of the tasks of Indium,
    the increasingly-expensive, rare-earth
    element, which is currently used in
    smartphone touch screens, but which
    is also brittle and highly-degradable, yet –

    You are hardy and flexible and are about
    to completely revolutionize the
    manufacture of smart technologies, as
    well as technologies, in fields we haven’t
    even thought of, yet!

    All this – AND you are the sixth most
    plentiful substance in the universe!

    As a lubricant in many temperature
    ranges, you ability to deposit single
    hexagonal sheets of yourself are
    evident, when we watch a pencil gliding
    across a piece of paper during the acts
    of writing or sketching, leaving layers of
    yourself behind.

    Some fringey-type geophysicists fret
    that it is exactly your slipperiness, as
    you are found in great abundance
    throughout the Earth’s mantle, which
    could lend credence to the once-accepted
    and now refuted Theory of Earth Crust
    Displacement, which ruled the thinking
    of geologists and geophysicists until it
    was recently (from a geological
    perspective) replaced by the much
    less-catastrophic and gradualist
    Theory of Plate Tectonics, during the

    Where the entire lithosphere, of which
    the Earth’s continents are the bits that
    stick out and which was once thought to
    have the ability to become “unstuck”
    from the underlying, graphene-rich
    asthenosphere of the upper mantle, as
    an explanation for a number of things,
    such as the current locations of the Earth’s
    poles formerly having been located in the
    tropics and vice versa.

    These massive changes in the locations
    of continents, upon the ever-rotating
    Earth were once thought to be due to
    mass slippage of the Earth’s crust,
    triggered by theorized “fly-bys” of large
    celestial bodies, which “unstuck” the
    lithosphere and sent it slipping across the
    astheosphere by the gravitational pull of
    a passing body.

    Like the Theory of Earth Crust
    Displacement, many once-catastrophic
    theories in many scientific disciplines have
    since been replaced by more gradualist and
    stately counterparts.

    Because, after all – there’s nothing to see
    here, move along!


    From: The One Show, BBC1, 11th June 2013

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