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Scientists unlock new method to bend diamonds

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Diamond is one of the hardest materials on the planet, but scientists have found a new way of getting it to bend and deform – and the key to these processes is to work at the tiniest possible scales.

By beaming an electric field at diamond nanoneedles just 20 nanometres in length (about 10,000 time smaller than a human hair), the researchers were able to get them to bend to 90 degrees without fracturing.

A scanning electron microscope was used for the pushing job, which doesn't lead to any damage or defects in the diamond, but does produce enough electrostatic charge for the needles to bend over. The process is reversible, too.

This remarkable achievement could have a range of applications for how diamond is used..


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