Graphene Wonderstuff


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since been replaced by more gradualist and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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via Science Graphene is About to Change Everything!.