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How These Microscopic Diamonds Are Going to Shape the Future


No doubt you're already familiar with the many ways graphene promises to save us all, but there's another (so-called) miracle material out there vying for your attention—and it's sparkly, to boot. Say hello to the latest and greatest substance to
kick science's ass straight into the future: the nanodiamond.

Of course, you can't actually see any of these glittering gems, because at roughly five-nanometers-long (or about five billionths of a meter) nanodiamonds are invisible to the naked eye. But don't be fooled by their small stature; nanodiamonds have everyone from electrical engineers to oncologists buzzing about the wildly exciting doors they can open for us. Here's a look at all the ways they could make everybody's lives just a little bit better.

What Are Nanodiamonds?

Though preposterously helpful they may be, nanodiamonds actually owe their entire existence to one of the most destructive forces mankind has ever wrought: nuclear warfare.

In 1963, three Soviet scientists at the All-Union Research Institue of Technical Physics were hard at work researching nuclear bombs. As you can see in the animation below, in order for a bomb to blow, the core (be it plutonium, uranium, etc.) needs to be squeezed hard and fast. The easiest way to make that happen?... LINK

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