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.
Researchers have discovered a new form of carbon structure, called Q-carbon, that’s harder than diamond and allows artificial versions of the precious stone to be made at room temperature and pressure.
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.
A team of researchers from the University of Rochester has managed to levitate nanodiamonds in a vacuum using laser light for the first time—which could provide a new breed of microscopic sensors.
Even the hardest of materials react to immense pressures. In this image, x-ray imaging reveals how a laser-generated shock wave propagates through a piece of diamond.
Diamond's are beautiful but, sadly, rather expensive. Now, though, Dan Frost of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany has discovered that you can make them from peanut butter. No, really.
This 29.6 carat blue diamond was found last week at the Cullinan Diamond Mine near Pretoria, South Africa, the same mine where the famous South of Africa blue diamond—the second largest cut diamond in the world—was discovered. The mining company claims that it is "extremely valuable."
Move over graphene; get outta here diamond. There's a new carbon supermaterial in town, and it's stronger and stiffer than either of you.
This credit card is made of gold and diamonds. Called Visa Infinite, you have to pay $100,000 to the Russian 'Sberbank in order to get it. You also need to be a complete imbecile. A very rich imbecile, but a complete imbecile nonetheless.
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.
Pressure that can melt diamond, an electromagnetic pulse that can kill, and enough current to light 100 million light bulbs. Such are the extremes within the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this image, artificial lightning spread like a wave through Z's 33-metre-wide interior.
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.'
Astronomers and gold diggers were excited when scientists discovered a planet littered with diamonds. That's just okay now. Why? Because a new planet just took bling to the next level: it's one massive diamond the size of Jupiter.
I'm all for spending money anyway you want to—grills, watches, boulder-sized rings, blinging chains—but come on, paying $15,000 for diamond and gold contact lenses is stupid. When did sacrificing your eyes become cool?
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.
Little dude here is dead serious about his lighter (note the 1000 yard stare)—too bad it's only a Bic. Here are seven tools that'll add some flair to your next fire.
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.
What would you do if you were caught stealing a diamond? Drop it? Hide it? Swallow it? That's what this diamond thief did. And when he got caught, the police waited for the diamond to come out, em, naturally. But it wasn't coming out!
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…