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Researchers at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra—in collaboration with The University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and The Queensland University of Technology—claim to have found a method in which soybean oil can be used to create graphene, a durable one-atom-thick sheet of carbon that is stronger than steel. In order to achieve the end result, the oil is heated until it breaks down into carbon building units, and then cooled into a lightweight sheet.

Using this method to create graphene would lower its cost significantly, making it more accessible for use in "water filters, solar panels, and batteries," according to CSIRO.

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