Scientists from North Carolina State University have discovered a new form of solid carbon, called Q-carbon. It has some unusual properties: Q-carbon is ferromagnetic, harder than diamond, and glows when exposed to energy. As if the "glowing" was not cool enough... Wait for it... Q-carbon can be used to construct diamond structures at room temperature!
Experts say, since the creation and processing of the Q-Carbon can be done in room temperature while using lasers like the ones used for laser eye surgery, it allows for development for new applications at a relatively inexpensive cost. Like what? If a cheap, large-scale method of production is found, the unusual properties of Q-Carbon could make it a great material to used in the tech industry. Beyond hard and durable, it's response to magnetic and light impulses could be promising for electrical displays.