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Scientists Accidentally Create Improbable Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals
A strange new substance has unexpectedly emerged from a university lab in Germany: a two-dimensional quasicrystal, consisting of 12-sided, non-repeating atomic units. The quasicrystalline film, described today in Nature, is the first example of a 2-D semi-ordered crystal – and the latest member of a family that already includes some of the most surprising forms of matter found either in nature or the lab. Scientists at Germany’s Martin Luther University produced the material by chance, coincidentally mimicking the circumstances under which the first lab-grown quasicrystals appeared. That discovery eventually earned Daniel Shechtman the 2011 Nobel prize in chemistry (a prize awarded to three scientists today for developing powerful computing models that can simulate complex chemical reactions). (via Scientists Accidentally Create Improbable Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals - Wired Science)

Scientists Accidentally Create Improbable Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals

A strange new substance has unexpectedly emerged from a university lab in Germany: a two-dimensional quasicrystal, consisting of 12-sided, non-repeating atomic units. The quasicrystalline film, described today in Nature, is the first example of a 2-D semi-ordered crystal – and the latest member of a family that already includes some of the most surprising forms of matter found either in nature or the lab. Scientists at Germany’s Martin Luther University produced the material by chance, coincidentally mimicking the circumstances under which the first lab-grown quasicrystals appeared. That discovery eventually earned Daniel Shechtman the 2011 Nobel prize in chemistry (a prize awarded to three scientists today for developing powerful computing models that can simulate complex chemical reactions). (via Scientists Accidentally Create Improbable Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals - Wired Science)

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