ResearchBlogging editor’s selections: the Nobel for graphene, the IgNobel for Peter, and science vs. the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

skyskull “Dr. SkySkull” selects several notable posts each week from a miscellany of ResearchBlogging.org categories. He blogs at Skulls in the Stars.

  • Great, the physics Nobel prize for graphene! Now don’t overhype it… First up, Joerg Haber at All That Matters discusses the research that earned the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics — experiments relating to an unusual and promising two-dimensional carbon material known as graphene — as well as throwing just a dash of cold water on the hype surrounding the material.
  • The Ignobel Prizes – A computational study of the Peter Principle. After a discussion of a Nobel Prize, it is worthwhile to take a look at one of the IgNobel winners! Croor Singh at Learning to be Terse discusses the prize for management research, in which it is demonstrated that the Peter Principle — people are promoted in a company to their level of incompetence — has some validity!
  • Israel and Palestine are Both Fighting Back…? Finally, Neuroskeptic takes a look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his eponymous blog, and some recent scientific analysis that sheds some light on the ongoing circle of violence.

Check back next week for more “miscellaneous” suggestions!

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