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Honeycomb carbon crystals possibly detected in space

By abe10tiger
Aug 20, 2011
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  1. Science News

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the signature of flat carbon flakes, called graphene, in space. If confirmed, this would be the first-ever cosmic detection of the material -- which is arranged like chicken wire in flat sheets that are one atom thick.

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    An artist's concept of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula, a puffed-out cloud of material expelled by a dying star. Image credit: (Credit: IAC/NASA/NOAO/ESA/STScI/NRAO)


    Source:Science Daily
     

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