How pencils can help us understand the future of everything

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The chemistry world has been excited about the possibility of buckyballs, graphene and carbon nanotubes for decades.

But the science has taken a long time to catch up to the hype.

So where are we now, and how far away are we from a carbon-powered jetpack future?

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.

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