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Graphene, and we swear we’re not dead

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Yes, this place appears entirely forgotten about. We do think about it sometimes, though, we promise.

A friend sent me this link a few days ago and I just can’t get over how cool this is. Materials are my thing to begin with, but the idea that such a simple process like stretching would create pseudo-magnetic fields like this paper reports is just wild.  Electronic behavior like this that makes the control of electrons easier obviously has a ton of implications for electronics, but I’m honestly more blown away by the sheer absurdity of this – so simple, and discovered by accident.  The things we don’t know are really quite incredible.

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All your periodic tables are out of date

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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) recently decided that element 112, which until now has been referred to as ununbium, will now be called Copernicium and use the abbreviation Cn.  After being officially recognized by IUPAC as an element last year, copernicum had used the abbreviation Uub.  The most important consequence of this, of course, is that all periodic tables in the world must be replaced immediately.

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