Where do diamonds come from?

Everyone knows what a diamond looks like: a clear, polished stone with smooth facets, full of flash and sparkle. But not everyone knows that diamonds don’t start out that way—it takes a series of special circumstances (and a couple billion years!) to turn a diamond in the rough into that brilliant gem glittering on your…

Magnified sand particles

Have you ever wondered how sand particles would look like to an ant or other smaller animals? Photographs of minuscule grains of sand magnified up to 300 times reveal that each grain of sand can be beautiful and unique. Dr. Gary Greenberg’s microscopic photography made this possible. Sand composition can vary drastically depending on where it’s collected…