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Scientists from Canada and Europe have published results showing that “decoration” of graphene samples with lithium can change the behavior of electrons passing through it and turn the super-material into a superconductor. It’s a property that was first predicted by a super-computer, now confirmed through physical experiment. It’s a breakthrough that could herald a new age of graphene electronics — though it’s still got a long way to go.
Lithium ‘doping’ turns graphene into a superconductor | Extreme Tech

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superconductors lifeResearchers succeeded in making graphene a superconductor last year by inserting calcium atoms into its lattice. And other teams have achieved a similar result by placing it on a superconducting material.

But in the new study, researchers from the University of Cambridge were able to activate the dormant potential of graphene without it being influenced by another material ...

P-wave superconductivity was first proposed in 1994, when Japanese researchers found evidence of it occurring in a crystal material called strontium ruthenate. But the crystal is too bulky to study it well enough to achieve the type of proof scientists need to confirm that the state exists.

Other research teams will no doubt be racing to verify this result in their own labs and start experimenting with this new, awakened state of graphene, so watch this space.
Graphene's superconductive power has finally been unlocked, and it's crazier than we expected | Science Alert

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My friends and I

superconductors waves pIt has long been postulated that, under the right conditions, graphene should undergo a superconducting transition, but can’t, Robinson said. The idea of this experiment was, if we couple graphene to a superconductor, can we switch that intrinsic superconductivity on? The question then becomes how do you know that the superconductivity you are seeing is coming from within the graphene itself, and not the underlying superconductor?

... In 1994, researchers in Japan fabricated a triplet superconductor that may have a p-wave symmetry using a material called strontium ruthenate (SRO). The p-wave symmetry of SRO has never been fully verified, partly hindered by the fact that SRO is a bulky crystal, which makes it challenging to fabricate into the type of devices necessary to test theoretical predictions.
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens | University of Cambridge

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An innovative dress made from graphene has been unveiled. Cute Circuit have designed the dress, which can change colour and design, in conjunction with scientists at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester and intu Trafford Centre.

Graphene, which has been hailed as a "wonder material", is tougher than a diamond but stretchable like rubber.

A form of carbon, it was discovered in 2004 by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who were awarded the 2010 Nobel prize in physics for their work on the material.
The little graphene dress unveiled in Manchester | BBC

To know with more certainty when we could undress them of course.
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Graphene is 1 million-times thinner than human hair and less than one atom thick, but it's 200 times stronger than steel.

Rosella, the chief creative director for Cute Circuit, spent six months talking with scientists to find ways to use the material.

As a result, she was able to create two “truly unique” uses for graphene. One is a transparent section of the dress made from the material, and the other is the graphene sensor which tracks the model’s breathing and enables tiny LED lights on the dress to change color along with the user’s heart rate.
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens | University of Cambridge