NanoWatch | Girl Scout Science

Science couldn't get more main street than using Girl Scout Cookies as a prime material in research. A team of scientists at Rice University recently did just that. Lead by Dr. James Tour, a group of young researchers partnered with Girl Scout Troop 25080 to demonstrate that Girl Scout shortbread cookies could be turned into graphene (a new, incredibly strong nanomaterial that is only one carbon atom thick) quickly and easily. Given that a two inch square of pure graphene goes for $250, if you applied this rate to a full box of Girl Scout would be worth about $15 billion. Prices for graphene are going down quickly though so you may want to order a couple extra boxes of cookies this year before - like the Girl Scout cookie season itself - the opportunity slips away. Read more on the Rice University website.