The Nobel prize in physics for 2010 goes to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov for their discovery of a method for obtaining samples of graphene, a single atom thick layer of carbon atoms. In case you hadn’t noticed, studying the unusual properties of graphene has taken over large portions of condensed matter physics 🙂 Today, somewhere out there, there is a very very very proud hamster (via Michael and NPR.) Oh, and look at the age of Konstantin Novoselov. Score one for the young’uns!
Oh and note that the original paper describing the method was rejected by Nature but accepted by Science (according to the NYTimes.) I wrote that last sentence only because I find it funny for something to be rejected by nature but accepted by science 🙂