Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Power of Gold Has A Whole New Meaning

Sun Rays

Need another reason to love gold? Everybody’s favorite precious metal might revolutionize the solar energy industry. Scientists at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a photoelectrode that uses gold to convert far more sunlight to energy than is currently possible. The scientific reports are full of terms like “localized plasmon resonance” and “inlaid depth traps,” […]

For The Ruby Slippers, There’s No Place Like Home

Dorothy Red Slippers

Great news from the world of rubies: Dorothy’s legendary Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz have been found, 13 years after they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn. The FBI announced the recovery this week after having the slippers authenticated at the Smithsonian Institution, which has […]

How Did Blue Diamonds Get That Way? We Think We Know

Kate Winslet Blue Diamond Necklace

Blue diamonds are the rarest kind. Roughly one in every 200,000 diamonds has the tint that makes the Hope Diamond so magical and made us swoon over Kate Winslet in Titanic. A new study in the journal Nature gives us the best idea yet how it happens, and how they got here. Researchers analyzed 46 […]