No, not a politician. New Scientist is reporting that a new material has been discovered by accident.
A superhard substance that is more slippery than Teflon could protect mechanical parts from wear and tear, and boost energy efficiency by reducing friction.
The "ceramic alloy" is created by combining a metal alloy of boron, aluminium and magnesium (AlMgB14) with titanium boride (TiB2). It is the hardest material after diamond and cubic boron nitride.
BAM, as the material is called, was discovered at the US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory in Iowa in 199, during attempts to develop a substance to generate electricity when heated.
This has great potential. It doesn't react with steel—and degrade—the way diamond does. Think of all the applications: coatings for drill bits, gears, internal engine parts. The list is nearly endless.
Nearly as hard as diamonds, slipperier than teflon. Wow.