Turning Trash Into Valuable Graphene in a Flash

Graphene.

Graphene is known to be a one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms that are placed in a hexagon lattice. This particular material is the building block of graphite and comes from carbon allotype. (Image: Piotr Zajda via Dreamstime)

From Stardust to Pale Blue Dot: Interstellar Journey of Carbon to Earth

The vast universe.

We are made of stardust, the saying goes, and a pair of studies finds that may be more true than we previously thought. (Image: geralt via Pixabay)

The Biggest Trees Capture the Most Carbon: Large Trees Dominate Carbon Storage in Forests

A large-diameter tree.

A recent study examining carbon storage in Pacific Northwest forests demonstrated that although large-diameter trees (21 inches) only comprised 3 percent of total trees, they accounted for 42 percent of the total aboveground carbon storage. (Image: via The authors)

Ancient Carbon Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release

A melting iceberg.

As soil and ocean temperatures rise, the reservoirs have the potential to break down, releasing enormous quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane. (Image: jplenio via Pixabay)