The "Miracle Material" That Will Change the World

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A radical new material made from a single carbon atom will soon have a pervasive impact on the U.S. economy – and the entire human race.

Stronger than steel and lighter than a feather, this high-tech medium will shape virtually every part of our daily lives by the end of this decade.

The possible uses are almost limitless.

No wonder the two scientists who discovered this substance won the Nobel Prize in physics last year. That alone should tell you something.

It often takes decades for scientific breakthroughs like this to bag the world's biggest award. But these two Russians won it for a substance discovered just seven years ago.

The material that I'm talking about is called "graphene." And you might have guessed, graphene is related to the graphite used in pencils.

Graphene: The Miracle Material

If you've never before heard of graphene, don't worry – most investors haven't.

In fact, most investors have never seen anything quite like this new miracle material.

But it won't be long before you're benefiting from its potential.

Even as you read this, researchers and scientists are looking for ways to transform this discovery into the Next Big Thing.

Indeed, my Pentagon sources say military leaders want to learn how graphene will lead to victory on the battlefields of the future. Tech leaders such as International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. hope graphene will be the foundation of the next generation of cutting-edge products.

And we can already see how graphene will spawn a true revolution in wireless communications.

We'll soon be able to launch satellites that are the size of skyscrapers – but that weigh less than your patio barbecue grill.

You'll download hi-def video to your smartphone in nanoseconds. If you want to know who'll win the current marketplace smartphone brawl, watch who makes the best use of graphene.

Then there's biotech.

The Era of Radical Change
Thanks to graphene, doctors will be able to use high doses of new drugs that are lethal to cancer cells – without getting you sick or harming healthy cells.

They'll use the substance to make synthetic blood. We'll no longer have to fret about whether supplies are infected by a deadly virus, or waste precious minutes matching rare blood types.

Graphene could serve as a miracle panacea for an aging America.

Though we're already living longer and fuller lives, the reality is that millions of us still face age-related health problems. But thanks to a scientist at Wayne State University, doctors may someday be able to combat Alzheimer's by inserting graphene electrodes into a patient's brain.

While current devices last only a few months, the Wayne State researcher believes his implants will last as long as five years – improving the quality of life for millions.

Other graphene implants will target spinal cord injuries, and even blindness.

Just three weeks ago, researchers at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio said a form of graphene could be used to grow human tissue. The ramifications are huge: Lab-grown human hearts that can last, disease-free, for a hundred years may one day help children with birth defects or adults with heart disease.

The Air Force team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base listed a wide range of other uses. These include making a new class of drugs, as well as growing organisms that can yield bio-green energy.
Meantime, graphene will make the U.S. military even more effective. Our soldiers will use "invisibility cloaks" to make tanks and jeeps "disappear" from enemy view.

Last month, researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used carbon nanotubes to hide objects in plain sight. Funded by the Pentagon, the scientists found that bending light in certain ways created the "mirage" that objects weren't really there.

Given those insights, just think what graphene can do for computing. By the end of this decade you'll have the power of 10,000 mainframes in the palm of your hand.

Last year, scientists at the Rensselaer Institute in Troy, NY, cleared a big hurdle in nanoelectronics. The researchers proved they could transform ultra-thin sheets of graphene into tiny transistors, forming the basis of the computers and solid-state nanocircuits of the future.

Even your revolutionary flat-screen TV could become obsolete – thanks to a graphene-based LED screen that's as thin as Saran Wrap. But think of the benefits: You'll be able to roll up your giant TV, take it to a friend's house, and hang it on the wall to watch the Super Bowl.

Remaining Challenges Will Keep it Interesting

Naturally, there are still problems to be solved, and obstacles to be hurdled before graphene can become a household name. To this point, for instance, researchers haven't figured out an easy way to use graphene as the basis for robust electrical devices.

But I am confident we'll solve this problem.

How can I be so sure? Last September, a team in the United Kingdom discovered that graphene could yield "perfect" solar cells. Turns out these panels absorb a much wider range of light than existing panels, greatly improving the payoff from the sun.

And that's not all. This same group of researchers found that graphene could have a radical impact on computing and communications. The reason: The material outperforms silicon for semiconductors and can be tailored for systems that use light rather – than electricity – to relay voice, video and data. My money's on this team.

The reason I feel this way: This U.K.-based research team includes the two Nobel laureates I mentioned earlier.

If any one can visualize the potential power of graphene, it's these two guys.

And if anyone knows about the "Era of Radical Change," it's Money Morning.

Stay tuned for our next installment – and our next look at the profit opportunities of the future.

[Bio Note: A Pulitzer-Prize nominee and published author, Michael Robinson is a journalist, investing expert and high-tech visionary with more than 30 years of experience. A veteran stock-picker, Robinson is best-known for selecting a group of tech-related rare earth stocks that had cumulative profits of 250% in just 16 months. During his time in the Silicon Valley region, Robinson has also profiled defense companies for Defense Media Network and Signal Magazine. His other articles have appeared in The New York Times, American Enterprise, National Real Estate Investor and The Wall Street Journal. In this new Money Morning feature "The Era of Radical Change," Robinson will introduce readers to over-the-horizon investment opportunities.]

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Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.

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  1. Alex | December 2, 2011

    Another "miracle"? Mr. Robinson is confusing business publication with fantasy fiction.

  2. L'Nois | December 4, 2011

    Given the nature of carbon and its role in supplying a base for living or organic nature the discovery and development of graphene is a very nice thing on the surface. What are the chances that playing with this new material (will it attain to the rank of 'element neo' for the periodic table ?) will bring forth the monsters scripted in plenitude by Hollywood labs for years? Will there be any monitoring of the experiments where it meets human tissue? Is the new kid on the material girl scene really a hero already? How harmless is this simple form of carbon? Physically carbon molecules (you don't really have a substance til it manifests at the molecular stage) are the strongest of all substances. They are a perfect cube. They combine to make diamond under correct conditions and that is one tough representation of the potential of carbon.
    What if something material were a perfect circle or sphere at the molecular level – would it be stronger than carbon? You can stack carbon molecules atop one another ad infinitum it appears but would a round molecule be stronger because you couldn't really stack any other suchlike molecule atop it? Carbon molecules would combine just by physical juxtaposition but round moles would just roll about. It follows that round molecules probably exist but to present themselves in a material sense they would need some sort of organic glue and if we don't get all materialistic looking for a glue we might wander over to Thor's shop and borrow a lightning bolt so we have electricity or an electrical charge and see if some of the rounds are clinging pretty tight using and ionic imbalance. Yep, we're onto something now….

    • John Stocke | June 2, 2012

      I know that this is kind of a late question but..
      What the are you blabbering about?

  3. BRET HOLMES | December 5, 2011

    Dear Alex:

    Thanks for the comment. We appreciate you taking the time to write.

    Let me ask you a serious question, however. Did you really read this story? Or did you just skim the headline and go no further? Before you dismiss thsi invention out of hand, I'd suggest you do some reading — this mateiral has the chance to be a real "game chaner" in terms of the applications currently being studied for graphene on a global basis.

    We're truly glad to have our readers comment. But this is appears to hae much greater potential than you seem to give it credit for. You might want to spend some time doing a bit more reading.

    Thanks again;

    William Patalon III
    Executive Editor
    Money Morning & Private Briefing

  4. TERRY BROOKER | December 5, 2011

    Hi Bill,

    thank you for sharing this. I love science and find that science fact often excels science fiction. I will be watching Graphene with interest anyway and it does sound like an amazing discovery. I will investigate further….. Are you suggesting here that we keep an eye out and look at which companies commercialise it best, then consider them for investment or is there a way we can get in now and leave it as a long term investment?

    thanks

    Terry

  5. BETTY WULIGER | December 9, 2011

    I enjoy your report. How can I invest in graphene?
    Awating your reply.
    Thanks
    Betty Wuliger
    bsw20@sbcglobal.net

  6. JOSE COMOS | January 5, 2012

    I would like investing in graphene. Live in Spain.
    Please advise . Thanks.
    JLCOOKCAPTAIN@GMAIL.COM

  7. Karen Koop | January 13, 2012

    AWESOME ARTICLE!! Thank you Mr.Robinson for such a FANTASTIC and well written article on graphene and the many uses and choices we may have with this Miracle substance. Also,a very special thanks to Research and Development personnel.

  8. Claudette Gerhold | January 15, 2012

    In your serious investigations have you found any companies that are already using Graphene in their technology? Or do you know of any company that is currently working with ideas of how to use Graphene in their products?

  9. Mike Mulvaney | January 18, 2012

    For those who want to know more .. a quote from the home of Graphene

    In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Mr Osborne said: “Tomorrow’s world is being shaped here in Manchester. Manchester, the first City of the Industrial Revolution. The city where the first computer was built. Where Rutherford split the atom.

    “Manchester, home to the two brilliant scientists I met this morning who have just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.

    “Their prize was for the discovery of a substance called graphene. It’s the strongest, thinnest, best conducting material known to science, to be used in everything from aircraft wings to microchips.

    “The inventors could have gone anywhere in the world to do their research. But they chose The University of Manchester.

    “…We will fund a national research programme that will take this Nobel-prize winning discovery from the British laboratory to the British factory floor…We’re going to get Britain making things again.”

    The development of the Hub will capitalise on the UK’s international leadership in the field. It will act as a catalyst to spawn new businesses, attract global companies and translate the value of scientific discovery into wealth and job creation for the UK.

  10. victor carulei | February 22, 2012

    Want to invest in graphene? Northern Graphite is your stock.

  11. Theresia Hermann | March 1, 2012

    This is absolutely fascinating stuff. Victor Carulei said in his comments that this investment is already available in "Northern Graphite" stock. Is this true?

    Also hats off to you for reporting on all these new medical devices that will help us live longer and healthier lives in the near future.

  12. dave | March 8, 2012

    unless alex is aware of something the rest of us don't know my reading/research leads me to believe this my friend is the real deal.discovered in the U.K. @1996 .at I believe Oxford.the brits have alocated huge amounts of resources in applications for this material.I've been lead to believe it is showing postive results in recharging or some aplication with the battery sector. more than likely this is wear we will see the first application.there was some foreign press on this subject @nov.or dec. this past. yr.thank you Mr.P and staff

  13. Ray Owens | March 19, 2012

    Another Graphine stock is Focus Metals , FMS-TSX.VN , FCSMF- OTC

  14. Stuart Price | October 9, 2012

    Interested in learning more about graphene investment opportunities.

  15. Myron Kocher | January 28, 2013

    Soon, I hope.

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