Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds

Tempe, Arizona - Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what has been called lonsdaleite is in fact a structurally disordered form of ordinary diamond.

Transatlantic flight of Project HoneyBee

Tempe, Arizona - Another transformative collaboration has emerged from the Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership between Arizona State University and Dublin City University – the launch of Project HoneyBee.

New 2-D quantum materials for nanoelectronics

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Researchers at MIT say they have carried out a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum properties that may enable a new type of nanoscale electronics.

Running the color gamut

Cambridge, Massachusetts - If LCD TVs start getting much more colorful - and energy-efficient - in the next few years, it will probably be thanks to MIT spinout QD Vision, a pioneer of quantum-dot television displays.

Two sensors in one

Cambridge, Massachusetts - MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment, or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.

Deep-Earth Carbon Offers Clues About Origin of Life on Earth

Baltimore, Maryland - New findings by a Johns Hopkins University-led team reveal long unknown details about carbon deep beneath the Earth’s surface and suggest ways this subterranean carbon might have influenced the history of life on the planet.