If a single force dominated the pop culture world last year, it was the reawakening of the titan that is Star Wars. While The Force Awakens has ruled the box office for weeks now, the galaxy far, far, away has been ruling the roost on comic book shelves for entirety of 2015.
If the notion that humans will one day ascend into orbit on a rope of ultra strong carbon nanofibers sounds a bit out of this world, then you’re going to love the latest dazzling twist: our future space elevators might actually be built of diamond.
Remember 55 Cancri e? Sure you do — and if you don't, you should. After all, it may be the first diamond planet ever discovered that orbits a Sun-like star. At least we think it is; if there's one thing 55 Cancri e is good at, it's fooling astronomers into thinking it's something that it's not.
Materials scientists have created a substance called 'new diamond.' It has the hardness of diamonds, without one of their very significant weaknesses. Unfortunately, the 'new diamonds' don't have their advantageous sparkle either. Learn about the strength behind diamond's 'ugly stepsisters.'
A recent scientific discovery reveals a remarkable similarity between vampires and diamonds - other than the fact that they both seem, currently, to be a girl's best friend.
Carbon is one of the most versatile materials in the universe, forming everything from the graphite found in the pencils to hard, sparkling diamonds. But three new forms of carbon might make even the most breathtaking diamond look impossibly dull.
Imagine an ordinary carbon atom that's replaced with a tightly packed pyramid of four carbon atoms. Inspired by Egypt's pyramids, this elegant arrangement has never even been proposed before, but this so-called T-carbon could have tons of uses...if it exists.
It's in our homes, our schools, and in houses of national and international power. It's running through our country and underneath our cities. It goes into all of our food, and many of us go to sleep at night with some quantity of it by our bedside. It's water, and since we see it every day, we don't consider it to be…