Here’s How Scientists Bent Diamonds

A team of physicists has figured out how to bend diamonds, according to a new paper. Okay, we’re talking about nano-scale diamond needles here. But it’s an impressive feat, because while diamonds are known for their hardness, these rocks will break if they are bent even a tiny bit. Read More >>

These Sugar-Based Anti-Reflective Fake Moth Eyeballs Are Not for Eating

Do a quick scan of the latest edition of the journal Applied Physics Letters, and you’ll find that researchers from Belarus and France have fabricated an anti-reflective coating made from sucrose and modelled after moth eyeballs. It could be manipulating microwaves one day, but right now, it’s just incredibly cool. Read More >>

New Li-Ion Batteries Charge 70 Per Cent in Two Minutes, Last for 20 Years

A team of researchers in Singapore have developed a next generation lithium-ion battery that can recharge a battery to 70-per cent in just two minutes. That means it would charge an entire electric car in just 15 minutes. And here's the kicker: it lasts over 20 years. Read More >>

Eight Tiny Sculptures You Can Only See With an Electron Microscope

When art and science collide, beautiful things happen. That's the case with the Wim Noorduin's nanosculptures. For the past few years, this Harvard materials scientist has been using basic chemistry to create beautiful forms so small, you need an electron microscope to see them. Read More >>

Neon Bird Feathers Hold the Key to Colours That Never Fade

Have you ever wondered how a fossil hailing from 40 million years ago still maintains its original colour, while dyed garments fade in years? The answer lies in the molecular structure of these natural colours and new research is showing how they could breed a new generation of artificial ones. Read More >>

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives

There are no hospitals in space. The closest A&E is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by? Read More >>

This Is NASA’s Cancer-Sniffing Cellphone Sensor

What if you could use your phone to test the air for toxins? What if you could monitor your health simply by blowing on it? Sounds amazing, right? Nanosensor technology developed by NASA Ames is going to make that a reality. Read More >>