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‘Flashed’ nanodiamonds are just a phase, research team finds

Nanodiamonds were first discovered in the 1960s and are microscopic crystals—or regions of crystals—that display the same carbon-atom lattice that macro-scale diamonds do. They...

Not graphene: Researchers discover new type of atomically thin carbon material

Scientists discover a new allotrope of carbon that is similar to graphene. As with graphene, it is only one atom thick. However, unlike graphene,...

From stardust to pale blue dot: Carbon’s interstellar journey to Earth

Carbon on Earth, the ultimate journey. We are made of stardust, the saying goes, and a pair of studies including University of Michigan research...

Comet Catalina suggests comets delivered carbon to rocky planets

Comets delivered carbon to rocky planets, and an icy visitor from the edge of our solar system hurtled past Earth in early 2016 to...

Earth’s carbon points to planetary smashup

The ratio of volatile elements in Earth's mantle suggests that virtually all of the planet's life-giving carbon came from a collision with an embryonic...