DailyDirt: That Lucy In The Sky… Is A Diamond
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Diamonds are usually considered expensive rare gems, but they’re also just an allotrope of carbon that could be a useful semiconductor material someday. Giant diamonds floating in space could be relatively common, but there’s no practical way to go space mining for them. Diamonds aren’t easy to make, but some folks are getting better at it.
- There’s a star designated BPM 37093 but also known as Lucy. It’s a crystallized white dwarf with a diamond at its center about 4,000 km across. In 7 billion years or so, this will also be the fate of our own Sun. [url]
- A super-Earth-sized planet circling 55 Cancri about 40 light years away has been called the “diamond planet” as it was the first known planet thought to be made up largely of diamond. Further study shows that it might not contain as much diamond as once thought, but it’s not the only planet that has a lot of diamonds. [url]
- Diamonds might not be as rare in the near future if researchers can make them in a lab… out of peanut butter. Okay, peanut butter isn’t the best starting material to make synthetic diamonds, but almost any source of carbon will do. [url]
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Comments on “DailyDirt: That Lucy In The Sky… Is A Diamond”
“Okay, peanut butter isn’t the best starting material to make synthetic diamonds”
Screw that! I want a peanut butter diamond, damnit! :-p
“It’s a crystallized white dwarf with a diamond at its center about 4,000 km across.”
Yeah, sure. I’ve got winged monkeys flying out of my ass too…
Re: I've got winged monkeys flying out of my ass too...
And guess what: both monkeys and your ass are chock-full of carbon, just like peanut butter. So squeeze both of you enough, and you, too, can be turned into a beautiful diamond, regardless of how ugly you may be now!
Re: Re: I've got winged monkeys flying out of my ass too...
It’s true! My ex-wife turned my heart into a diamond.
Since when is diamond rare?
Since forever. It’s just not as rare as the market-manipulators in the jewelry cartels want us to believe (and pay for).
Re: Re: Re:
It depends on what you mean by rare. In terms of how common they are, diamonds are semi-precious. They’re roughly as common as agate.