Fool’s gold, or pyrite, is made of worthless iron disulfide, but can contain tiny amounts of the real thing. Using an ‘atom probe’, research has uncovered a new way gold atoms can hide in pyrite crystals.
The heat and pressure generated by a nuclear explosion can produce unusual chemical curiosities.
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The quasicrystals were ‘accidentally’ synthesised during the first test of a nuclear bomb in July 1945.
A new study has found a way to predict eruptions at Mount Etna within two weeks.
Crystals are renowned for being hard and brittle.
It’s a crystal - but not as you’ve seen it before. A new crystal can be bent and flexed, and is expected to deliver new responsive materials for emerging technologies.
Scientists theorised, disproved, revamped and finally created a bizarre new form of matter in just five years.
Leif Erikson discovers America.
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A bold theory suggests the Vikings may have used a mysterious method of studying sunlight to navigate the oceans.
Nanotechnology that can detect illnesses will become available next year.
A novel approach to detect bacterial infections in 10-15 minutes is expected to become commercially available next year.