Tag Archives: material science

Rock.

This is a rock. It’s been given the seemingly arbitrary name of N165. Which, as I’m sure you can guess, means it’s no ordinary piece of basalt. This rock is special because it’s on Mars, and it’s set to be … Continue reading

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Space Ice!

Well this is really quite fascinating. NASA Astronaut Don Pettit, currently aboard the ISS a few hundred kilometres above Earth’s surface, does what any curious human being would do in his place. He does cool things that you can only … Continue reading

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You’re as cold as ice

I was about to type the phrase “ice is cool”, but then I realised what I was saying and decided that even I can’t get away with a pun that bad. At least not at the start of a blog … Continue reading

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Carbonado!

Carbonado diamonds, sometimes known simply as “black diamonds” are enigmatic things. Given their origins, rare and expensive seems something of an understatement. Regular diamonds (allegedly a girl’s best friend) are created naturally inside planet Earth, through the high pressures found … Continue reading

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Rocket Fuel

Interestingly, the little question of Hydrogen storage for fuel consumption purposes is actually revision for me right now! Believe it or not… So the US government has deemed that 62kg m-3 is the threshold storage density for hydrogen to be … Continue reading

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