Oh graphene, you wonderful, miracle substance.
The one atom-thick latticed carbon material has been proposed as a way of revolutionizing everything from upload speeds to sports equipment.
And if we could find a way to implant the stuff, well, clearly we d all become an unstoppable army of Robocops – or at the very least, we d get better at monitoring our insides and delivering drugs to the right spots.
Bionics have long been toward the top of the list of potential life-changing graphene applications, but actually getting the substance to play nice with our sensitive human tissue is another issue entirely.
The primary problem is heat.
Delivering power to the rigid material causes it to get hot, frying the surrounding soft tissue in the process.