We know that we are probably the last to hear about graphene, the one-atom-thick new handi-wrap from this year’s Nobel physicists. MicroKhan has almost certainly blogged at length on the stuff, but we still rely on the old flicking-through-the-NYT-when-we-should-be-wrtiting-pleading-letters method to pick up much of our news, which is how we stumbled on Dennis Overbye’s superb reporting on the two Russian physicists who won this year’s Nobel having – and we didn’t even know there was such a thing, and there desperately needs to be a Pulitzer equivalent (the Pukelitzer maybe? -ed.)– earlier won an Ig Nobel. There are many many reasons to love this article, not the least of which is the mention of buckyballs and the fact that Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov are not at Princeton or Cambridge but at the University of Manchester. The Ig Nobel was awarded for their having levitated a frog, by the way.
Just when you think the intelligent designers are getting the upper hand, you read about massless waves, and you feel better. Lots better. There is hope for the world.