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The Strongest, Most Expensive Material on Earth

Graphene's most problematic superlative is its cost.
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It was so simple. Take a small flake of graphite and put it on piece of regular old Scotch tape. Pinch it in between the tape, peeling off layer after layer until it leaves only the vaguest, most transparent of marks.

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