Wurtzite boron nitrides are forever!

shirley bassey

In addition to being the traditional token of marital intent, the diamond has long provided the—ahem—gold standard for super-hard materials. But physicists at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, say that two lesser-known materials, wurtzite boron nitride and lonsdaleite, are even harder.

scientific american

I rather like the fact that this research was done in Las Vegas.


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