The graphite that slips from the point of your pencil onto a page may be of more use than simply writing and drawing. A team of researchers has shown that simple pencil lines can be used as an accurate sensor to measure the deformation of objects.
Apple rumourmonger du jour Sonny Dickson has outed the latest in a series of reputed scoops: An iPhone 5S in not white, black or gold, but graphite. It sounds potentially lovely! It looks… not so much. Which is why it seems particularly unlikely that this is the real deal.
Today, two professors won the Nobel prize for physics “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”. The Nobel is the Olympic gold of science. But what is graphene, and why did it earn these guys over a million bucks?