How Twisted Graphene Became the Big Thing in Physics

The lab produced dozens of twisted bilayer graphene “Devices,” as researchers call them, but none of them showed significant evidence of electron correlation.

The sudden jumps in twisted bilayer graphene – from conducting to insulating to superconducting – with just a tweak of an external electric field indicate that free electrons are slowing to a virtual halt, notes physicist Dmitri Efetov of the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain.

Said MacDonald, is the small number of electrons that seem to be doing the heavy lifting in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene – about one for every 100,000 carbon atoms.

MacDonald points out, for example, that some of the insulating states in twisted bilayer graphene appear to be accompanied by magnetism that arises not from the quantum spin states of the electrons, as is typically the case, but entirely from their orbital angular momentum – a theorized but never-before-observed type of magnetism.

Semiconductors and transitional metals can be deposited in twisted layers and are seen as good candidates for correlated physics – perhaps better than twisted bilayer graphene.

Having burst far out into the lead of the twisted bilayer graphene field in stunning fashion, Jarillo-Herrero isn’t sitting back and waiting for others to catch up.

Such hopes ultimately pan out, for now the excitement in twisted bilayer graphene seems only to be building.

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How Samuel L. Jackson Became Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star

In September, Box Office Mojo did its own calculation, naming Jackson Hollywood’s most bankable star.

When Trump responded that he and Jackson had never teed off together, Jackson posted the receipt from their game.

Jackson had watched over a number of years as members of his circle of actor friends – first Morgan Freeman, then Denzel Washington, then Snipes, then Laurence Fishburne – would jet off to Hollywood to make names for themselves.

“That day I’m out at some audition,” Jackson recalls, “And I called my agent, and said, ‘Did Hollywood call?’ And she’s like, ‘As a matter of fact, they kind of did.'” Lee has never apologized to Jackson for leaving his breakout star back in the U.S. “Not only that,” Jackson says, “When he came back, he didn’t actually give me my goddamn award for, like, eight months!”.

Jackson and Bruce Willis didn’t have many scenes together, but the two actors forged a friendship that carried over to the set of Die Hard With a Vengeance, in which Jackson played the sidekick role of Zeus Carver.

For years following Unbreakable’s release, they’d sporadically run into each other – typically driving past each other on a studio lot – and Jackson would shout out, “Yo! When we making that sequel, motherfucker?” It took 18 years – and the surprise success of 2017’s Split, which was itself a sort of stealth sequel to Unbreakable – for Jackson to get the answer he wanted.

That, serendipitously, is how Jackson ended up landing the linchpin role that ties together the most profitable superhero franchise in Hollywood history.

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How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Attempts to discourage working “Off the clock” misfire, as millennials read them not as permission to stop working, but a means to further distinguish themselves by being available anyway.

This is why the fundamental criticism of millennials – that we’re lazy and entitled – is so frustrating: We hustle so hard that we’ve figured out how to avoid wasting time eating meals and are called entitled for asking for fair compensation and benefits like working remotely, adequate health care, or 401(k)s.

We’re called whiny for talking frankly about just how much we do work, or how exhausted we are by it.

Millennial burnout often works differently among women, and particularly straight women with families.

Boredom with the monotony of labor is usually associated with physical and/or assembly line jobs, but it’s widespread among “Knowledge workers.” As Caroline Beaton, who has written extensively about millennials and labor, points out, the rise of the “Knowledge sector” has simply “Changed the medium of monotony from heavy machinery to digital technology. We habituate to the modern workforce’s high intensity but predictable tasks. Because the stimuli don’t change, we cease to be stimulated. The consequence is two-fold. First, like a kind of Chinese water torture, each identical thing becomes increasingly painful. In defense, we become decreasingly engaged.”

Far more likely is that they’re bad at work because of just how much work they do – especially when it’s performed against a backdrop of financial precariousness.

To describe millennial burnout accurately is to acknowledge the multiplicity of our lived reality – that we’re not just high school graduates, or parents, or knowledge workers, but all of the above – while recognizing our status quo.

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