Technology wins? Lab-made hexagonal diamonds stronger than natural diamonds
Scientists have tested lab-made hexagonal diamonds and their findings are surprising. Diamond "alchemists" have created lab-made diamonds that measure stronger than their natural counterpart.
"Hexagonal diamonds, also known as Lonsdaleite diamonds, are a special type of diamond with carbonatoms arranged in a hexagonal pattern. Formed when graphite is exposed to extreme heat and stress, such as at meteor impact sites, the rare material has long been theorized to be stronger than ordinary cubic diamonds."
So how were scientists able to accurately test the strength of the hexagonal diamond?
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"By firing a dime-sized graphite disk at a wall at 15,000 mph (24,100 km/h), scientists momentarily created a hexagonal diamond that is both stiffer and stronger than the natural, cubic kind."