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APS: Iron pnictides. WTF?

Pretty much anything with iron pnictides in the title is guaranteed to draw a crowd at this year’s meeting. I snapped this picture at a random session this morning, but others have been so rammed that it’s been hard to get in the door. Iron pnictides are the hottest new superconductor, so it’s not surprising that they’re getting a lot of attention. But I’ve been to a few of these talks, and I’m going to be frank–if you’re not an expert it’s very hard to follow. And I know what you’re thinking (particularly if you’re one of my editors): This guy’s a senior reporter with Nature and you’re telling me he can’t understand this stuff?

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