Diamonds Become Stronger When Squeezed Rapidly Under Extreme Conditions

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Time-integrated photograph of an OMEGA laser shot (43633) to measure high-pressure diamond strength.

Most people know that diamond is one of the hardest solids on Earth, so strong that it can easily cut through glass and steel.

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Slime Design Mimics Tokyo’s Rail System

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This is the network formation in Physarum polycephalum.

What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus-like mold, might actually lead the way to improved technological systems, such as more robust computer and mobile communication networks.

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