Coffee and Steel

October 10, 2010

I did go to Brooklyn Technical High School but it didn’t stick.  In other words I am not a rocket scientist although I am able to operate our K-Cup coffee machine.  However, when Fareed Zakaria, on his tremendous show GPS on CNN, talks about the Nobel Prize in Physics (Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene“) I pay attention.  Today’s dip into the world of science included a mention of graphene, a “one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice,” and the fact that it is 100 times stronger than steel.  I remember the conversation I was having in 1995 when I first heard the words, “search engine.”  I suspect fifteen years from now I’ll remember that I was making a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning when I first heard the word, “graphene.”

If there was a stock IPO for one-atom-thick planar sheets of sp2-bonded carbon atoms I’d be buying.

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