Some brain drain, eh?

Two Russian-born scientists shared the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for \”groundbreaking experiments\’\’ with the thinnest, strongest material known to mankind — a carbon vital for the creation of faster computers and transparent touch screens.

University of Manchester professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used Scotch tape to isolate graphene, a form of carbon only one atom thick but more than 100 times stronger than steel, and showed it has exceptional properties, the Royal Swedish Academyof Sciences said.

9 thoughts on “Some brain drain, eh?”

  1. Catherine in Athens

    Thank you very much for this, Tim, and as an arts graduate, I say thank goodness for people like them. Dr Geim sounds a nice, normal chap with his talk of “muddling through”. Long may they remain in Manchester!

  2. I can’t help noticing this breakthrough involves pencils and sticky tape. I didn’t notice any string, but I may have missed it. Very British, don’t you think?

  3. Andre Geim also won the Ig Nobel prize, the first person to hold both the Ig Nobel and the Nobel. I think his research into levitating frogs and hamsters probably used strings. He sounded good on R4 in being pretty laid back and seems to have picked up the British sense of humour.

  4. For my last fifteen years in academic life I always gave my colleagues the same advice on whom to hire: “the cleverest Russian we can find”. They ignored me: I was right.

  5. I’m a materials graduate myself from this very university. (I never got a Nobel though, or even a particularly good degree it must be said).

  6. 100+ tensile strength of steel & we’re in space elevator country aren’t we?


    (Wish that link’d download & I might find out.)

  7. PS to my @ above.

    When article did eventually download picked up on “At the same time, you can stretch it like rubber,”

    Bungee jump from orbit?
    Double wow!!

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