krundoloss - Nov 30, 2015

Well that is just awesome! Sounds like a promising material that is relatively easy to create.

richardnunziata - Nov 30, 2015

Can this lead to large transparent windows on space craft , domes for space and deep sea. Very exciting.

Jeffhans1 - Nov 30, 2015

And we are still worried about our future carbon emissions. Atmospheric carbon is going to be something people are screaming to stop stealing in another few decades. Countries will be suing each other for taking out more than their fair share of Carbon Dioxide. Venus will see its population skyrocket if only to feed the ever growing demand for Carbon here on Earth.

Mr_Ed - Nov 30, 2015

Hard to believe that this is the first occurrence of carbon glass. They've been lasering carbon for decades now. But as usual, elemental glasses almost always have interesting properties. Unfortunately lack of any kind of volume production may be the downfall for their usage. Metallic glasses have been studied since the 70's and I haven't seen much of their special properties being used yet either.

KBK - Nov 30, 2015

The 'white powder of gold' in alchemy, is made from pure nanogold, that is cooper paired, via a ph shifting thermal process done slowly. A superconducting dimensional shifting powder. Consumed and then it accrues at and in the DNA of the human, is the deal. Interesting how they decided to use nanogold of a similar nature for attachment to DNA. hmm....

ONE.. of it's major claims, for this food of the gods, the white powder of gold, is that it is MAGNETIC.

Now, this no longer seems so damned strange, does it??? hmm?

Room temperature technique for turning carbon into diamond, and it's magnetic.

So, room temperature nanogold handled in a PH shifting mix, in a sealed vessel..... and it comes out magnetic, and it is also superconducting.

The white powder of gold story is over 12,000 years old. Solomon's temple was all about manufacturing it.

TWO of it's strange claims turns out to be possible, incredibly probable, and proven in multiple ways!

What else about it is true?

Dug - Nov 30, 2015

"a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature" - "During this pulse, the temperature of the carbon is raised to 4,000 Kelvin (or around 3,727 degrees Celsius) and then rapidly cooled." Obviously it isn't "made" at room temperature."

Don't you love pop science journalism's inability to communicate even the most basic facts accurately and without exaggerating or sensationalizing them?

Whydening Gyre - Nov 30, 2015

Think you have the wrong article - this one is about CARBON.... not gold...

Anonym - Dec 01, 2015

KBK's confusion may come from the widespread journalistic practice of conflating "carbon," the dirty black sooty stuff, with CO2. The idea apparently is to tag the colorless, odorless, live-sustaining gas with the nasty image of a noxious pollutant. The misleading use of "carbon" in headlines and of clip art smokestacks belching black smoke is part of the "Mighty Wurlitzer" --- the disinfo machine --- used by the climate science industry and its elite backers to terrorize the public into accepting "sustainability" as defined by the UN's Agenda 21.

jbrancho - Dec 02, 2015

Obviously it isn't "made" at room temperature."

Don't you love pop science journalism's inability to communicate even the most basic facts accurately and without exaggerating or sensationalizing them?

@Dug, I think this is still a room-temperature process. The laser beam heats a small part of the material to 3727 C, which is drastically different than heating a furnace to that temperature and making the q-carbon that way. A short distance away from where the laser is hitting the sample, there probably isn't much of a change in temperature at all.

So, while the material might not be experiencing room temperature, the only energy that needs to be put in is the laser light, and all of the surrounding apparatus are at room temp. I don't think anything has been sensationalized or exaggerated by journalists here.

baudrunner - Dec 03, 2015

This would make a good project for space manufacturing research, maybe to find ways to make this in large volume with a more crystalline form.

..amazing link to everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-what-to-look-for-in-a-single-5.4-carat-diamond... http://www.diamdb...39x7.07/

Uncle Ira - Dec 03, 2015

Harder than diamonds and ferromagnetic too. The possibilities for making some cool technology with this stuffs is endless. Good for you NCSU-Skippys, I hope you can make some money from it.

Burnerjack - Dec 04, 2015

If this means there will be glasses and displays I can afford yet cannot scratch, then, for me, this is very exiting news indeed.

tear88 - Dec 06, 2015

Obviously it isn't "made" at room temperature.

Beat me to it, but being able to do it at ambient atmospheric pressure is, IMO, an encouraging sign.

KBK - Dec 09, 2015

My response was directly related to the subject at hand, as a previously abstract parallel in the subject of atomic translation and transmutation.

This particular change in carbon shows the fundamentals in this other area of fringe and cutting edge science as being not fantasy, but a simple scientific reality.

lstoverii - Dec 09, 2015

Honestly I'm considering 3D printing applications and large scale applications such as building supplies. The creation of larger buildings and more efficient space craft and electronics is only a glimpse at the possibilities that are available with such technology.

RealScience - Dec 12, 2015

Regarding room temperature: While the Q-carbon itself is formed at a high temperature, the equipment is all at room temperature and pressure. The carbon transformation is also so fast that the substrate it is formed on can remain at room temperature - for example, they formed q-carbon on polyethylene film (a plastic that melts at roughly around 100 Celsius).

The full paper is available: http://scitation.....4936595

24volts - Jan 08, 2016

If they can put the stuff on bits for lathes, etc... it will be very useful to that industry. They are always looking for longer lasting cutting materials.

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