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July 20th, 2009

Carbon:Life's most important element

Abstract:
Anything living (or dead, for that matter) contains carbon, as does the fuel for cars and motorbikes, all plastics and even wax candles and lightweight carbon fibres. Carbon is simply omnipresent.

Graphite is also the only non-metal that conducts electricity. This is because the extra electron that isn't used in bonding, due to only bonding to three other carbons, can now move within the graphite and allows electricity to flow.

There are many other allotropes of carbon, including the fullerenes, but their applications are still under research, although there may be cancer cures and applications in nanotechnology, so researchers are continuously finding new ways to use carbon.

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