Computers that roll up into a wristband and unroll like a newspaper. Sounds sci-fi but it’s getting closer to reality.

Scientists at Rice University used zinc and acid to make a sheet of graphene only one atom thick.  According to the New Scientist, the scientists used zinc to create a checkerboard pattern in the graphene, which has unique electrical properties.

Scientists all over the country are working on graphene experiments. Laura Cote, part of Jiaxing Huang’s team at Northwestern University a few blocks from us is using a different technique, one involving carbonated water.

Graphene could be to the 21st century what plastic was to the 20th. Applications include cheap solar cells, electronic clothing and flexible displays. Scientists are testing to see if graphene oxide can act as a patch to heal broken membranes in the lungs or deliver medicine inside cells, Cote said.

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