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We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, 

which every day, brings new findings from a 

wide range of scientific disciplines about 

what it means to be human . . . with great capacity & yet limited knowledge of some of the very basic & fundamental fields.

Following is a list of some very interesting areas of knowledge which may or may not have been known to us . . .

The question is can we ever know everything that is out there in the expanding field of knowledge?

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Nobel Prize Awards for Discovery of Graphene

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(Source: Pravda-ru)



Graphene is both the thinnest and the strongest material yet discovered, opening up new frontiers in quantum physics. Two Russian scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work developing graphene.

 Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov demonstrated that carbon in its extremely thin form – just one atom thick – had exceptional properties originating in the world of quantum physics.

Konstantin Novoselov is a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in their Mesoscopic Research Group researching mesoscopic systems and nanostructures. He was awarded the 2008 Europhysics Prize for the same discovery.

Andre Geim is a physicist who, as well as the discovery of graphene, is known for the development of gecko tape and demonstrations of diamagnetic levitation. He’s also based at the University of Manchester.

Graphene is both the thinnest and the strongest material yet discovered. Geim and Novoselov extracted it from ordinary graphite, and used ordinary adhesive tape to obtain a flake of carbon with a thickness of just one atom.

“Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov have shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics,” says the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

“A vast variety of practical applications now appear possible including the creation of new materials and the manufacture of innovative electronics. Graphene transistors are predicted to be substantially faster than today’s silicon transistors and result in more efficient computers.”

It is said that investments in Graphene will reap huge dividends.