ELASTIC DIAMONDS COULD HELP QUANTUM COMPUTERS RUN AT ROOM TEMPERATURE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

ELASTIC DIAMONDS COULD HELP QUANTUM COMPUTERS RUN AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

DIAMONDS ARE ABOUT to have a new best friend.

Prized by jewelers for its hard exterior and sparkling interior, engineers also fancy them for their electronic properties. Now, scientists have found a way to grow diamonds in the lab that can be stressed and strained — without losing their shape — to give them special, electricity-conducting properties.

A hundred times thinner than a human hair, these stretchy diamonds can bend up to 10 percent its original shape before springing back — all at a balmy room temperature.

WHY IT MATTERS — In addition to being tough, diamonds are highly conductive when it comes to both electricity and heat. By creating stretchy diamonds in the lab, the scientists hope to improve upon these features and get them into next-gen electronics — including quantum computer chips.

Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Science.

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