Graphene, “one of the hottest new materials in the field of nanotechnology,” has just made your car’s windshield wipers obsolete. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have devised a way to re-jigger graphene so that it sticks to smooth surfaces like ship hulls and windshields. Given that graphene can effortlessly repel water, you’ve just created a simple method to make rainproof your windshield. Quite handy.
“Graphene, eh?” Yup, it’s a new material that’s created by the alignment of “rows of carbon atoms arranged in rings.” I don’t think I need to remind you that carbon is everywhere, so it’s not exactly expensive to create.
Just as exciting is that the material is “10 times” (!) stronger than steel, and it’s quite handy at conducting electricity at room temperature.
It sounds like a comic book super-material. “Graphene—the solution to all the world’s problems!”
Now watch the windshield wiper lobby try to have the substance banned.