Ars Technica: "When I got the telephone call, I thought, 'oh shit!'" That call came from Sweden and it was intended to inform its recipient, Andre Geim, that he and his former grad student, Konstantin Novoselov, had won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. The pair were honored for helping develop a simple technique that allowed the isolation of graphene, a sheet of carbon a single atom thick. Graphene has some unusual properties: it's nearly transparent; by volume, it's stronger than steel; and it conducts heat and electricity better than copper. These properties have gotten the materials science community very excited, and set off a race to produce it in bulk."