New scientific research reveals diamonds aren't forever

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a paper published in the US journal Optical Materials Express this week, Macquarie University researchers show that even the earth's hardest naturally occurring material, the diamond, is not forever.

Space shuttle's science brought payoffs to Earth

Science from the space shuttle helped open Earth's eyes to the cosmos and sister planets. It created perhaps the most detailed topographical map of Earth. And it even is helping doctors understand, and sometimes fix, what's ...

Cisco cutting workforce by nine percent

US networking giant Cisco on Monday said it will eliminate 6,500 jobs, cutting its global workforce by nine percent as part of a move to slash its annual operating costs.

Hydrogen may be key to growth of high-quality graphene

A new approach to growing graphene greatly reduces problems that have plagued researchers in the past and clears a path to the crystalline form of graphite's use in sophisticated electronic devices of tomorrow.

Ford's electric plans

When I think electric cars, I think the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt - then maybe Tesla and Fisker sports cars. But options for would-be electric car owners are fast expanding, and Ford is about to tap into the growing ...

Clashing values could trip Facebook as it tiptoes toward China

As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ponders a strategy for China, the conditions imposed in the world's largest Internet market were highlighted recently when executives of the country's top Web companies gathered to sing ...

Rapid venom evolution in pit vipers may be defensive

Research published recently in PLoS One delivers new insight about rapid toxin evolution in venomous snakes: pitvipers such as rattlesnakes may be engaged in an arms race with opossums, a group of snake-eating American marsupials. ...

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