Energy Edge: Carbon Chicken Wire

To see what could be the future of the energy industry — and many other industries — simply draw a line with a pencil. Notice the smoothness with which the pencil glides over the paper. If you were to look really hard (or had an electron microscope handy) you could see that the markings made by pencil "lead," which is really graphite, a form of pure carbon, are made from millions of sheets of carbon just one atom thick joined together in a chicken wire-type pattern and stacked on top of each other.

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