Wonder Material Graphene Gets a “3D” Cousin

on Wednesday, Jan. 22nd

This is going to get a bit technical, so hang in there.

Scientists at the U.S Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered that sodium bismuthate “can exist as a form of quantum matter,” that acts a lot like the wonder material graphene.

Graphene, as you might recall, is now understood to be both a superconductor and a supercapacitor. Which means that it is really, really good at passing along electricity and storing it. One of the big benefits of graphene: it is super thin. We’re talking about measuring in terms of atoms.

That’s also an engineering obstacle: building real-world objects with almost 2D materials can be a bit tricky. Which is why researchers are excited about the sodium bismuthate discoveries. They’ve found out that this material exhibits graphene’s conducting qualities while having a bulkier “3D” profile. The material is classified as a “topological insulator.”

Topological insulators also possess a unique electronic structure, in which bulk electrons behave like those in an insulator while surface electrons behave like those in graphene.

Sodium bismuthate isn’t a terribly stable material, so don’t go looking for it to show up in an Apple product introduction video any time soon, but the discovery opened the door to deeper research into new materials. The short version: the edge of science is accelerating towards what will very likely be a new materials revolution. Every advance gets us that much closer.

Via: Science Daily


To Build The VR Education of Tomorrow One Scholar Turns To The Past

There are plenty of folks in the education technology field who are excited about virtual reality as the next great educational tool.



We’re Closer To Our Photorealistic VR Future Than You’d Think (INTERVIEW)

A look into the virtual world of tomorrow with USC researcher Paul Debevec.


Prepare Yourselves For The Personal VR Video Revolution

Virtual Reality is rapidly approaching a watershed moment.

Ralph Echemendia

Spoiler Alert: Hollywood Isn’t Taking Cyber Security Seriously (LA Film Fest)

Tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, squeezed in between movies and red carpet events, a symposium on Cyber Security is being held at the Grammy Museum.

Gumroad Rentals H

Rent Video Straight From Social Media Via Gumroad

The people who brought the “Buy Now” button to Twitter are going all-in on film distribution.