You really can’t be too thin

We know that we are probably the last to hear about graphene, the one-atom-thick new handi-wrap from this year’s Nobel physicistsMicroKhan 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.

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on October 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. The Ig Nobel Prize is a shamefully overlooked honor. In 2009 the Ig Nobel Prize in Physics actually went to a local scientist — University of Cincinnati’s Katherine Whitcome. Dr. Whitcome’s seminal research determined why pregnant women don’t tip over. Sadly, the local media totally ignored this ground-breaking analysis as well as Dr. Whitcome’s subsequent fame.

  2. That’s an outrage! And surprising, since Moms are sacred here.


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