That's right. It's not an entirely new phenomenon that something that takes millions of years of heat and pressure inside the earth to form can now take months, and in some cases only days, to make in a lab.
Why do we care about lab-grown gemstones, you ask? Well, in the spring of 2014 we'll be publishing a book on Natural Resources. Gemstones are a type of mineral, and minerals are a type of natural resource. So, naturally, when I came across an article in Science News For Kids about gemstones being made in labs, I couldn't help but read it. And you know what, it's really interesting. Did you know gemstones, like rubies, can create laser beams, which can be used in everything from the checkout line at the grocery store to removing tattoos on a person's body. Goodbye embarrassing snake on a sword.
Here’s an interesting article about ways to improve science education in the US: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/science/ideas-for-improving-science-education-in-the-us.html?emc=edit_tnt_20130902&tntemail0=y&pagewanted=all&_r=1&
Science Times asked 19 Americans – not all teachers – what they would do, based on their experience as scientists, teachers, and students, to improve science education in our country.
You should read all of the responses, but I found these ideas to be particularly relevant to what we try to do with our books here at Nomad Press.