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Wonder carbon pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize

• Agence France-Presse via The Raw Story
Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their pioneering work on graphene -- touted as the wonder material of the 21st century.

Both laureates began their careers as physicists in Russia but now work at the University of Manchester in Britain. Geim holds Dutch nationality and Novoselov is both a British and Russian national.

The Swedish Academy of Sciences hailed graphene, a form of carbon developed only six years ago, for its glittering potential in computers, home gadgets and transport.

It lauded Geim, 51, and Novoselov, 36, for having "shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics."

Just one atom thick, it is the world's thinnest and strongest nano-material, almost transparent and able to conduct electricity and heat.

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