Saw this on yahoo today:
A light bulb made from graphene - said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon - is to go on sale later this year.
The dimmable LED bulb has been created with a graphene-coated filament, at Manchester University, where the material was discovered in 2004.
It is said to cut energy use by 10% and last longer owing to its conductivity.
The National Graphene Institute at the university was opened this month.
Media caption Prof Colin Bailey said the graphene light bulb was just the beginning
The light bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting - one of whose directors is Prof Colin Bailey, deputy vice chancellor at the University of Manchester.
It is expected to be priced lower than some LED bulbs, which can cost about £15 each.
Based on traditional light bulb design, the use of graphene allows it to conduct electricity and heat more effectively.
Prof Bailey said: "The graphene light bulb will use less energy. We expect it to last longer. The manufacturing costs are lower and it uses more and more sustainable components."
Planes and cars
The discovery of graphene by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two Russian-born scientists at the University of Manchester, earned the pair the Nobel Prize for Physics and knighthoods.
A micro-thin layer of graphene is stronger than steel and it has been dubbed a "wonder material" because of its potential uses.
The National Graphene Institute was opened at the university this month
The government has invested £38m in the National Graphene Institute via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with an additional £23m provided by the European Regional Development Fund.
Also, we all have to keep in mind this isn't a multi billion or hundreds of million dollar company. the FMV is only about 120M. So, to me, it is acting like a small , low float, growing company.
When i bgt this stock about 5 years ago, i thought it as a long term investment, but probably 2-3 years. Well....here we are and they had some big issues and moves along the way, i would have expected more. I have done well, but i was hoping to pay for kids college with this. LOL. Not quite there. CVV still needs more orders and bigger adoption of graphene and the cVD process. More orders lead to higher stock price leads to 3:2 or 2:1 splits, more liquidity in the stock, new instiutional buyers, even higher prices. Only in my dreams right now. GL.
Google defective graphene
Though graphene is noted for its beautiful symmetry, when you add a few warts and imperfections, it becomes more interesting -- specifically, it has the potential to make fuel cells better and cheaper. Scientists from Northwestern University and other institutions were toying with the material as a hydrogen fuel cell membrane, and found that by knocking out at least four carbon atoms from the normally pristine structure, it performed vastly better. A large number of protons (and nothing else) slipped through imperfections in the atom-thick material in just a few seconds, efficiently generating electricity.
The "defective" graphene membrane transports protons much faster and more selectively than standard fuel cell membranes, which tend to let too many impurities through. That could lead to less complicated, hyper-efficient fuel cell batteries for EVs and wind or solar power plants. The tech could also bring improvements to regular batteries, according to the researchers. Despite being the poster-child for promising materials that nobody uses, Graphene might finally get its day by powering your future fossil-free car.
i'm tired of seeing these same law firms pop up just when a stock price drops because of an unfortunately announcement. i hope no one bites and they go away. The lawsuits are usually a distraction of time and a senseless use of money. Also unfortunate is that this process with CA will probably take a least a year if not 2 to resolve. price will linger.
i expect as we get toward earnings, that the price will slowly increase into the 9's. We all have a good idea where the eps will fall for q4, but i am expecting a surprise in the way of order announcement or some other good news which may make the price jump.
place your bets now, seems like mid to high 14's is new base.
Wasnt sure i was going to get an opportunity to buy more shares in the 7's but got another few thousand at 7.75. I anticipate a run up to earnings with good news by end of month.
Stock is a dud.... until it is not. I am happy to wait a few months for them to possibly announce a contract that is usually large. I will make a lot of money when that happens. Not sure where you will be when that happens but probably not in SPCB.
Graphene was made in a lab in 2003, but by 2014, it reportedly reached $9 million in sales predominately in electronics, battery energy and semiconductors. Graphene is 100 times stronger than steel by weight and efficiently conducts heat and electricity. It’s a new material that can store bits of small energy or make battery terminals more efficient.
Scientists at the University of Manchester, England decided to use graphene in a completely different way: to neutralize cancer stem cells (CSC) and not harm other cells.
The scientists used a modified version of graphene oxide flakes on six kinds of cancer cells where it hurts cancers the most, in the stem cells. They discovered that it acts as an anti-cancer agent that selectively targets stem cells. With cancer, stem cells are the origin for tumors, but they also withstand radiation, chemotherapy and surgery and typically are known to re-seed a tumor, even when it looks like it has been eradicated.
From the lab experiments, the scientists report the graphene oxide flakes inhibit the key signaling pathways active in the CSCs.
“Cancer stem cells differentiate to form a small mass of cells known as a tumour-sphere. We saw that the graphene oxide flakes prevented CSCs from forming these, and instead forced them to differentiate into non-cancer stem-cells,” said Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan, University of Manchester.
Researchers want to use the grapheme oxide as a type of washing solution and after surgery, pump it into cancer area to destroy any stem cell survivors, so there is no chance of it returning or re-seeding.
According to the results of the study, the results showed that graphene oxide had a non toxic effect on the cells which suggests the treatment could have fewer side-effects as an anti-cancer therapy. The results of the study are found in the current issue of Oncotarget.
Good news= big amount of orders in 2014, bad news=will have to pay the judgement amount. CVV usually announces some news just before earnings at end of March. This could be orders received to date or something else, but i expect record revenue and profits in Q4 and probably 2015 Q1. May take the stock price to $20.
Unfortunately, the sales tax issue won't be resolved quickly. Not sure of any amount owed either. So many variables. Best hope is recent activist buys for $5. ARCI's last few years stock price seemed to be moved by when they receive money for their carbon credits as their appliance division is near breakeven ususally.
It's also refreshing to have as much detail as it did in this PR. To me, it explained a lot more than a typical release for a contract. No proof to the rumor that the government was the U.S. LOL.