This alien world is not a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy

This isn't a Cassini photo of a Saturn moon against an asteroids field or a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy. This beautiful alien landscape is right here on Earth, a microscopic world hidden inside a gemstone, photographed by Danny J. Sanchez. He told me about the process behind his work here. » 8/01/14 6:41pm 8/01/14 6:41pm

This Telescope Shoots Lasers to Unlock the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Ground-based telescopes have long struggled to achieve the image clarity and resolution of their orbiting cousins due in large part to atmospheric distortions. That's why we build observatories on mountain tops: to minimize the amount of atmosphere between the telescope and incoming starlight. But with the help of a… » 7/04/13 11:00am 7/04/13 11:00am

Artificial Diamonds Still Forever, Just Now Sparklier and Defect-Free

Artificial diamonds are forever, Sparkling on your little scalpel. Unlike before they are shiner, and better: » 10/28/08 6:39am 10/28/08 6:39am OK...I'll stop and explain properly. A team at the Carnegie Institution have come up with a way of improving the artificial diamonds that are used in numerous applications, from surgical cutting edges to…