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[POPSCI] A Single Box of Girl Scout Cookies Could Yield $15 Billion Worth of Graphene

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Next time you’re inhaling an entire box of Girl Scout shortbread cookies, just think of the potential you’re wasting: a full $15 billion worth of graphene. At least, that’s the estimate given by a team of Rice University researchers working on a dare.
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what is this?
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what is this?
might help if you read it...
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That's all good, but when they do get this to work properly, it'll be about 15ct's worth of graphene.
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And of course if supply were that inexpensive the price would drop substantially.
If diamond could be found easily in large quantities and be available to consumers without any monopolies*, its value would drop dramatically. But still a fun article

*Edited to make it more clear what I meant
Edited by MrAlex - 8/5/11 at 12:48pm
    
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pretty interesting stuff
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We need graphene cheaper for CPUs, heatsinks, space elevators, etc!
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If diamond could be found easily in large quantities, its value would drop dramatically. But still a fun article
I don't know about that...ever seen pics from a diamond mine? The piles that come out never look like anything special. Diamonds are easy to get, but the time spent to cut them so they look nice and to pick out the pieces that are low in imperfections is what cost so much. Most of mined diamonds go into industrial uses.

Graphene would probably be the same way. Easy to get it, but the time spent processing it for usage in making a CPU would cost a lot.
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Diamonds are expensive because the mine owners hoard the diamonds to keep the demand high, if all the diamonds were released into the market they would drop to pennies per karat. For those that don't want to read the article they are saying that they can extract graphene from any carbon source basically.
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What are they going to use graphene for? Encrusting iPhones or something?
 
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