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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 (9 months ago)
Which graphene-based technology are you most excited for?
TennesseeBoy13 (1 day ago)
Fucking invincibe iPhone chargers😂😂
Yassine Outoloub (5 days ago)
Graphic cards and cpus
seansurfn2 (10 days ago)
car batteries and cell phones
Gordon Chiew (21 days ago)
batteries and spaceships
Archana C.k (30 days ago)
I will make iron man bleeding edge suit. (Infinity war suit)
Jack Larson (3 hours ago)
Chuck Norris could cut though that with a single Karate Chop!!
Code-Grammar (5 hours ago)
Why did I think I was listening to Veritasium at first?
J o n a t h a n (8 hours ago)
asbestos 2.0
Xpêrt (9 hours ago)
Nope I’ll stick with Vibranium!
The Garlock (10 hours ago)
If you combine Graphene with spider silk you could make body armor that's light, flexible, and could stop a bullet better than any Kevlar. Then add electronics to it and you could make it like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.
One Plus (11 hours ago)
Head has a graphene base on their 2020 flagship snowboard. Beats having to wax it with graphite all the time !
Ewan Hadden (13 hours ago)
bitches be acting like they made this is just fucking lego
Bewolf Zr (13 hours ago)
what about graphene based tweezers ? #TheVergePCBuildingVideo #Bitwit
Andrew (14 hours ago)
What if bulletproof clothes were made using graphene woven into the fibers?
missile pen (15 hours ago)
Its Easter of 2019 wheres the graphite
Lt Second in comand (16 hours ago)
But plastic is a wonder material, I'm sitting on a plastic chair, looking at a plastic screen, typing on a plastic keyboard, I say that qualifies as wondrous.
Daryl Lafferty (17 hours ago)
Looks really interesting, but I couldn't stand to listen with the obnoxious electronic music pounding in the background. Wish you had a quiet version.
Mukiza Maximus (17 hours ago)
Can you build a bike made out of graphene
Sam (19 hours ago)
That sounds wonderful! I'm curious how it would effect the environment. Plastic hasn't exactly been the revolution in stability of ecosystem. I would assume that because graphene is made of carbon it would dissolve easier, but I'm not sure.
dilly dungus (20 hours ago)
there IS a z-dimesion ya asshole. atoms are 3 dimensional
pspicer777 (22 hours ago)
I don’t know about this. I look at the powder and wonder what happens if you breath this stuff in.
The Garlock (10 hours ago)
I was thinking the same thing. This stuff would make asbestos look like Cotton Candy.
Juan Carlos (1 day ago)
Earth is Flat and Space is Fake! So smart that you're stupid!
King D - Mind (1 day ago)
That’s what an unsuccessful world take-over would say
jonas duell (1 day ago)
The tupperware ad displaying plastics on a beach being hit by seawater is a scary prediction of our current plastics problem... ;D
The Spark (1 day ago)
Duck tape made of graphene would be insanely OP.
KarYeee (1 day ago)
Does it pollute ?
thenk you
John Manoochehri (2 days ago)
Not clear why production is so hard.
Gareth Dix (2 days ago)
Some of my skis have graphene in them to make them lighter... I think most Head racing skis have graphene layers for this reason
Mr. Teff (2 days ago)
Plastics... it wasn't hype. It did change everything. It's just so ubiquitous that we don't give it much thought (unfortunately.)
insiteur (2 days ago)
Darth Bane (2 days ago)
It’s 2035 Why are we still on this ancient tech??
Djelari Ghana (2 days ago)
it's more than carbon. it's eumelanin only found in black people. they are killing us, extracting it, stealing corpses, kidnapping us, etc to get it for this tech. you people make me sick. the creator is going to kill all of you..........slowly and painfully. i will be laughing. it's only a few years away........at most.
Colin McMahon (2 days ago)
Come and see the ADHD inher
Colin McMahon (2 days ago)
Why don't you whisper up your own TWOT the NEXT TIME you TOWT you saw...
Colin McMahon (2 days ago)
"eh", Canada? 10-9?
martin smith (2 days ago)
What about health & safety, will we have particulates of diamond like razors in the atmosphere that will cut into peoples' lungs?
Adonis Top of Men (2 days ago)
interesting documentation .......
HYBECTIVE (3 days ago)
Can’t wait to get a graphene bike
eukonidor (3 days ago)
You can even buy spools of 3D printer feed material that is reinforced with graphene on Amazon.
John Christiansen (3 days ago)
Could we replace heavy weight metal chains and cables? I’m guessing maybe not if it stretches.... would be cool tho
eukonidor (3 days ago)
Maybe eventually, but right now, we're Ooh-ing and Ahh-ing at the news that MIT has been able to make strips of it a couple of meters long. Maybe in a few more years, after it can be churned out in big reels. Replacing "heavyweight" chains and cables would require a few thousand layers, but it could be done. And with that many layers, it wouldn't stretch much.
D J (3 days ago)
Seems cool but my question is how will it affect humans and how will it affect the environment?
CapedGoat (3 days ago)
Time travel technology
Fernando Marquez (3 days ago)
Where’s my graphene
Evanna Allen (4 days ago)
ONE WORD : "Plastic" Funny they mentioned elevators. Everything you wear, drink, breath... all transducers. wake up sheeple!
Zyan Carl (4 days ago)
Why aerogels hasn’t taken over the world...yet
Rocky mtn12 (4 days ago)
I have skis with graphene in them, they're great.
Dam Son (4 days ago)
Vorbeck Materials should make a batman suit. It'll be good publicity for them.
Kirk P (4 days ago)
Like the laser 60 years ago, graphene is a solution in search of a problem. The future is very bright for these folks.
Ramauld Ramharack (4 days ago)
Scp unkown substance.
Jacob_TN (5 days ago)
Can it be used for web swinging?
Pip Santos (5 days ago)
Graphene = cash cow of rent seeking researchers The cash is in the sucking experience of bagging research grants.
K maz (5 days ago)
I don't care about this shit never heard if anyone.
Freddy Mnemonic (5 days ago)
Billy b (5 days ago)
I want buildings made of this.
Billy b (5 days ago)
Can we use the carbon out of the air? We could stop using sand and decrease the co2 carbon emetions at the same time.
Billy b (3 days ago)
+whatever04 nice
whatever04 (3 days ago)
+Billy b oh yes, there is. It's called carbon capture. Bill Gates is investing a lot into this. It's one of the only real options we have, as getting everyone to stop producing CO2 is impossible. So we could use carbon capture technologies to get rid of CO2. It will cost a bit of money, but it can be done.
Billy b (3 days ago)
Theres just got to be a way to suck all that out of the air. Not to just slow global warming but maybe even stabalize our environment
whatever04 (3 days ago)
We already have direct carbon in the form of graphite - which we can work with to create graphene. All the bonds are the exact same, except for the covanet bonds between the layers. It will always be more expensive to make it out of CO2 even if it were possible. But in science you never know..
Billy b (4 days ago)
+Big Doi ah. Im just thinking out loud.
Billy Bob (5 days ago)
Still not stronger than my dad’s belt
Josh Meade (5 days ago)
Billy Bob LMAO how does this only have 1 like?
Abdullah Hamad (5 days ago)
Graphene is useless. Get off the internet and dabble in Graphite, YouToube. Pick up a pen and pencil and do some schoolwork, ya dig?
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Abdullah Hamad I'm sorry to hear that hope you can change your mind and have a swell day!
Bludion (5 days ago)
vzdyť je to tuha a americani z toho delaji detektivku :)
Andrew (5 days ago)
I feel like I'm being bullshitted at again! What the fuck are they hiding???
Mysterio 10666 (5 days ago)
So we know plastic is non biodegradable and is fcukin everywhere, is graphene next to screw the planet?
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Mysterio 10666 fun fact certain types of plastic can be consumed by certain types of caterpillars spinning them and other materials that are biodegradable I do understand for them to do it it takes a long time and there's too much plastic but we can try to reduce the plastic we make by recycling and not throw plastic away and possibly even just reusing
cecilyt006 (5 days ago)
I just popped all over my chest and stomach.  HONK HONK
HappyHusbandn Wife (6 days ago)
graphene + rubber = everlasting CONDOM
Jeff Vlahos (3 days ago)
Yes ....but could you have everlasting sex ? 😂
Ted Brozynski (6 days ago)
Graphene sounds like the polar opposite of Chinesium
lahokc59 (6 days ago)
They could make a set of tires that would outlast your car but there's bo money in that. Preplanned obsolescence is the way of today's world. .....
Saved Set Free (6 days ago)
Bulletproof vests
Lyrical ; (6 days ago)
How much of this in the world is there for us to use it for so many things
chris mares (6 days ago)
Fuck graphine
chris mares (4 days ago)
+Big Doi I did sorry man
Big Doi (4 days ago)
chris mares I'm sorry you feel that way and I hope you can change your mind and have a great day!
lmao (7 days ago)
Mobile phone companies are switching to graphene battery
Negrodamus (7 days ago)
Never heard of it until this video
Jacob_TN (5 days ago)
Scooby got WAVES (7 days ago)
Slap some flextape on it and it'll become undestructible
Voodoo2066 (7 days ago)
Impossible to take the guys seriously after I saw how they build a computer.
John Bowman (7 days ago)
Hemp as a source for graphene?
Stephanie Brilla (7 days ago)
I want this to move onto phones... ♥️
navysealsman 123 (7 days ago)
I know how to get past graphite bullet proof armor! Just bring some tape!
VINNYISSPEED Gaming (7 days ago)
Bendable phones.... here comes the future baby!
Big Doi (4 days ago)
VINNYISSPEED Gaming have you ever heard of the iPhone 6
bluefox venus (7 days ago)
Who t f is telling people that putting background music to a scientific video is okay
Luis Carcano (7 days ago)
I understand the are using grahene now in femaile sanitary napkins to help lessen the pain and lessening the cycle. What are your thoughts?
Rax 48 (8 days ago)
i actuallt have made an article on it, and really, its amazing. You can make anything with it
Alfian Fahmi (8 days ago)
I'm not sure if a sheet of atom is a powdery substance. Is that really a graphene, or is it just a graphite?
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Well I believe it's is graphene
mroldmanj (8 days ago)
5:40 It's 2019, wheres my wearable electronic shirt?
Big Doi (4 days ago)
mroldmanj Will they make horrible electronic tattoos they do make electronic shirts just have to look for them I've seen many of them on the Internet
mfornia (8 days ago)
I was surprised that this video didn't ask any questions regarding the potential environmental impact of this substance, especially after comparing it to plastic.
chris utter (8 days ago)
Um...how they gonna fly those graphene space ships thru the dome? Just saying. 😁
chris utter (4 days ago)
+Big Doi you know the dome kilery kept talking about how they hadn't got thru it yet but they put 80,000 cracks in it. That dome. You seen it? She said it more than once.
Big Doi (4 days ago)
chris utter dome? I believe you mean atmosphere graphene is very strong and resist many temperatures it's really useful though for the fact that there's a lot of pressure that gets pushed onto you whenever you're trying to go up the earths atmosphere with graphing you're much lighter so you don't have to use the same amount of fuel So you can go longer and you can use the same out of your meeting go much farther than you could before
TheTread123 (9 days ago)
Graphene applied on polymers.
Al Mahmud Khan (9 days ago)
Some how I feel like this is a rare honest science reviews I've watched in a while. Most of these science videos talks about a modern invention like it's something that would turn the human society into Kryptonian race or something. In real these task a huge amount of time.
Dipto (9 days ago)
Companies are like: we don't want longer lasting devices, because we would be selling less. :D
gnar star (2 days ago)
This. Exactly. Probably the REAL reason why graphene hasnt become a standard in manufacturing in this consumer driven culture.. so true..and sad. Just goes to show how YTƎIƆOƧ has become, and its values.
LATEST FILMS (9 days ago)
Did it cause cancer? Don't put it everywhere without knowing the causes it might have on the human body. Asbestos was great to but it caused cancer.
Big Doi (4 days ago)
LATEST FILMS I believe it doesn't cause cancer as they have a whole entire manufactures of it and they seem to all be healthy
Napi Coyote (9 days ago)
It's nothin' but dirt............!
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Napi Coyote oh contrary actually a very strong carbon structure like diamonds and you could see diamonds or dirt as they're made of carbon dirt and pains carbon but it's more than just basic carbon it's a strong which-year-old it's very good for contacting electricity you like you said in the video in as many multi purposes
John Turbo (9 days ago)
I want graphene camouflage technology like in the Predator movies- a chameleon suit.
Jimmy Rowe (9 days ago)
a cap full of potassium nitrate makes a pretty big arc.
Sannosama (9 days ago)
"The future of Graphene-based wearable electronics." No wearables for me, tyvm <3
Sannosama (1 day ago)
+Big Doi Thank you so much! I suppose I'm already cheating by having a phone on me at all times and a digital watch, but things like circuitry tattoos and cybernetic implants and wearables worry me because, at least on some level, we are energetic beings as well as material, and I worry about messing up the sensitive electromagnetic and bioelectrical bodies we naturally have! What is it that most excites you about the technology? Have a fantastic weekend and maybe Easter with loved ones ^^
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Sannosama oh? I hope you can change your mind on wearable technology and have a great day
datnoddy (9 days ago)
ther is no space :D
Big Doi (4 days ago)
datnoddy oh? I believe there is space considering we are in it it is very best in graphing is very good fit because we can send spacecraft out that go for long and longer in a stronger using graphing because it will last stronger now have a great day!
Space I LiveStreamer (9 days ago)
johnny3839 (9 days ago)
Can someone build a mountain bike frame outta this stuff?
Willy Guggenheim (9 days ago)
Sounds good bro
spring breeze (9 days ago)
Because graphene is impossible to be built into useful materials, yea it has strong bond, but you cant make anything out of it
Manish D. (7 days ago)
tomas sandoval (10 days ago)
IPO's? Or Ticker'$ of any allies of this company?
TrollDarrell (10 days ago)
I come from the future APR 11 2019, the truth? ABSENT, not here as of this time circuit clothes... Not here, humanity is sort of failing at hype.
To the same barrel of Theranos and green energy hoaxes.
1socalshocker (10 days ago)
In 30 years we will have islands of it the size of TX floating in the sea.
MikhailEschatologist (10 days ago)
As if plastics weren't bad enough, now we're gonna have graphene pollution on top of that
Nene Stylez (10 days ago)
Its 2019 so .... Where the graphed clothes :/ my fashion taste needs it.
Big Doi (4 days ago)
And have a great day
Big Doi (4 days ago)
Nene Stylez well I've heard of electronic clothes but they do make wearable electronica tattoos that would look really nice PS they're only temporary so you don't have to go through a whole entire long painful experience
Μητσος (10 days ago)
More polymeric materials, please!
Sondre Eskedal (10 days ago)
Wonder how much a car made out of this would weigh.... some car company is going to be in the papers eventually

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