Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally that a boron-based competitor to graphene is a very real possibility. Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Made of a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb arrangement, graphene is stronger pound-for-pound than steel and conducts electricity better than copper.
Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.
Engineers at Vanderbilt University say they've found a new cooling technology for computer chips, lasers and other devices.