In geek terms, this stuff is better than the adamantium that covers Wolverine’s skeleton and claws. Graphene is being touted as some kind of 21st century miracle material that could change the world since it’s 200 times as strong as steel and is the most conductive substance known to man. It’s one-atom thick and is described as “molecular chicken-wire” that is the basic building block for graphite and other graphite-based materials. It’s been around, in theory, for since the 40’s, but it was only 6 years ago that scientists were able to create an observable and testable sample.

Researchers at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering said “It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap.”
The potential applications for graphene range from creating lighter aircraft, better transistors, better semi-conductors, more efficient batteries, stronger plastics and limitless possibilities for other industrial or manufacturing uses. In a hundred years, it could be as common as plastic is today.