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Researchers find new phase of carbon and make a diamond at room temperature. Q-carbon is harder than diamond.


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Q-carbon has some unusual characteristics. For one thing, it is ferromagnetic – which other solid forms of carbon are not.

"We didn't even think that was possible," Narayan says.

In addition, Q-carbon is harder than diamond, and glows when exposed to even low levels of energy.

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