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 🙂
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Although it is interesting to learn how to view journal articles if you are off campus, but have a UW library account, most of your readers would probably benefit from the omission of the proxy from the hamster link.
On a possibly related note, improbable.com (host of the Ig Nobel prizes) seems to be very slow today.
@Rudi: see my next post http://dabacon.org/pontiff/?p=4413 Yes it seem the NYTimes changed the article 🙂
I just saw your blog today – the NY Times article does not mention the research paper being turned down by Nature (which would be a d’oh moment for sure)… is it possible that they changed it?