Wow! For Graphene! Excellent:
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010 to Andre Geim (University of Manchester, UK) and Konstantin Novoselov (University of Manchester, UK) “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”
I like the opening descriptive paragraph in the press release:
Graphene is a form of carbon. As a material it is completely new – not only the thinnest ever but also the strongest. As a conductor of electricity it performs as well as copper. As a conductor of heat it outperforms all other known materials. It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even helium, the smallest gas atom, can pass through it. Carbon, the basis of all known life on earth, has surprised us once again.
Graphene’s discovery has quite an interesting story behind it, involving serendipity with ordinary sticky scotch tape. No, really. Read more. (It is also worth noting that Andre Geim was awarded the IgNobel prize for Physics in 2000, for, er, levitating a frog…)
There is a new and disturbing feature at the Nobel Prize site. Seems you can put comments under the announcement. Very odd choice.