Science and Tech



Newly-developed desalinating graphene sieves could be the answer to world’s freshwater crisis

With the world’s freshwater reserve dwindling rapidly, scientists are increasingly looking for energy- as well as cost-efficient ways to desalinate seawater. Now a team of 13 researchers from UK's University of Manchester has uncovered a new and innovative technique to remove salts from ocean water using the versatile one-atom-thick allotrope of carbon known as graphene.…




British researchers make history by creating the world’s first fully-functioning artificial embryo

For the first time ever, researchers have successfully grown a fully-functioning embryo in the laboratory using two different kinds of stem cells. As important step towards creating artificial life, the breakthrough could enhance our understanding of how life actually begins. The process, according to the scientists, involved growing stem cells in a gel-filled Petri dish,…


Mystery solved: Why turning graphite into diamond is an arduous affair

Researchers from Fudan University and the University of Shanghai have finally uncovered the science behind a phenomenon that has left many baffled: when subjected to somewhat high pressures, graphite transforms into hexagonal diamond and not the more precious cubic diamond, despite what theory predicts. The mystery, according to the team, lies in the speed of…